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Joe Gilliam was the Quarterback prior to Terry Bradshaw, and he wore number 17. Before Gilliam and Bradshaw was Terry Hanratty and he wore number 5.

Dick Shiner was the starting QB in 1969, the year before Bradshaw was drafted. Also playing in '69 was Terry Hanratty who was a rookie in 1969. Joe Gilliam was not drafted by the Steelers until 1972.

Terry Hanratty

Terry Bradshaw's first season with the Steelers was 1970. For the 1969 season, the Steelers had Terry Hanratty, Dick Shiner, and Kent Nix as quarterbacks on their roster.

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