Bradley Family

Three members of Johnstown's Bradley family are members of the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.

Tom Bradley, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State now the defensive coordinator at UCLA, was inducted in 1998.

Sister Patty Bradley-Marino and brother Dr. James Bradley joined him 10 years later – cementing the family's already-solid place in the region's sports lore.

“It’s hard to talk about what I’ve accomplished without thinking of how lucky I was to have my older borthers,” Bradley-Marino said in 2008. “They paved the way for me to get involved and I had a lot of support from my family. With the basketball court in the backyard, it’s just what we did. And the boys were successful and success breeds success. I fed off what they did and just kept going.”

Bradley-Marino was Bishop McCort's all-time scoring leader in basketball and a star on the track. Her 1,685 points were the most by any Crimson Crushers basketball player – girls or boys.

On the track, she was a two-time scholastic state champion in the 400-meter run before a stellar collegiate career at Villanova, where she was a nine-time All-American.

She was Big East Performer of the Year in 1983 and '84, and was nominated for the Big East Athlete of the Decade of the 1980s – an honor that went to Georgetown and NBA basketball star Patrick Ewing.

Bradley-Marino was named Villanova University’s Female Scholar-Athlete in 1984 and was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

She was a 400-meter hurdles gold medalist at the USA Olympic Festival in 1983, and qualified for the 1984 United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in Los Angeles in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter run.

When voted into the Cambria sports hall, she told The Tribune-Democrat: “We’re finally getting some notoriety for the Bradley girls.”

Jim Bradley was track star and an all-state football player at Bishop McCort then played under Joe Paterno at Penn State, where he was a team captain in 1974.

He earned a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals, but truly made his mark in medicine.

Jim Bradley has been the head team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1991 and is the past president of the NFL Physicians Society.

Bradley and partner Chip Burke founded Burke and Bradley Orthopedics in 2000 at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital near Pittsburgh. Jim Bradley specializes in reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. The practice works with elite-level athletes in all sports.

“The turning point, the best thing that happened to me, was that I went to the Bengals, and quite frankly, I wasn’t good enough to play at that level,” Bradley told The Tribune-Democrat. “I just didn’t train enough. If I had put my mind to it, I could have played.

“But when I went to medical school, I said I’d never take what I had for granted."

After also shining at Bishop McCort, Tom Bradley followed Jim to Penn State, and played on four bowl teams – including trips to the Sugar Bowl after the 1974 and '78 seasons. The latter was a national championship showdown against Bear Bryant and Alabama.

Tom Bradley served on Penn State coaching staff for 33 seasons, including as defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 2000 through 2011.

He was appointed Penn State interim head coach on Nov. 9, 2011, replacing long-time head coach Joe Paterno during the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

His Penn State defenses finished in the Top 15 nationally in total and scoring defense from 2004 to 2009. Tom Bradley was also a key recruiter at Penn State.

West Virginia University hired Bradley as a senior associate head coach in 2014. In 2015, he was named defensive coordinator under head coach Jim Mora at UCLA.

Jim, Tom and Patty are among seven children of Samuel M. and Mary Catherine Bradley, who lived in Johnstown's Eighth Ward.

Samuel Bradley was a standout baseball and basketball player in Johnstown growing up and also played basketball at Pitt and was once offered a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A Navy veteran, he was a doctor with a family practice in Johnstown.

Bradley brother Matt also played football at Penn State, but died in 2002. Matt Bradley was drafted by the Houston Oilers and played in the United States Football league.

Other siblings are sisters Kitty, Cassie and Betsy.

The Bradleys were honored together in 1981 with the Cambria County War Memorial Arena Family Award.

At the time, Mary Catherine Bradley said of her successful children: "Sports has helped to unite our family. Everyone has rooted for each other. ... There's competition within the family. But it's all been healthy."

Chip Minemyer is the editor of The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5091. Follow him on Twitter @MinemyerChip.

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Chip Minemyer is the editor of The Tribune-Democrat and, and CNHI regional editor for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina. He can be reached at 814-532-5091. Follow him on Twitter @MinemyerChip.

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