Terry Bradshaw says his old college football teammate Phil Robertson needs to chill out on the bible thumping ... 'cause he's "taking scripture literally" and forgetting "the bible also preaches love."
TMZ Sports spoke to the NFL Hall of Famer -- who rode the bench behind Robertson when they played together at Louisiana Tech -- and asked him about the "Duck Dynasty" star's homophobic comments to GQ.
Bradshaw, a fellow devout Christian, tells us ... "I respect Phil's voice but I don't agree with it."
Terry explained, "Phil is a very religious man, and he's taking the scriptures literally ... but the bible also preaches love."
FYI -- Robertson got several offers from NFL teams looking to draft him ... but quit college ball in his senior year 'cause he didn't want to miss out on duck season (seriously). Bradshaw took his spot and the rest is history.