Rocky played football his whole life and ended up being a late round draft out of Notre Dame, as he is going through summer conditioning he is drafted into the Vietnam war. During the war rocky is shot once and hit with a grenade and left with shrapnel up and down his thigh and almost loses a couple toes. When he is sent home for rehab to rebuild those muscles Rock goes back to the Steelers with his numbers being better than they Rocky Bleier a war veteran and a NFL quarterback for the Steelers. When he is sent home for rehab to rebuild those muscles Rock goes back to the Steelers with his numbers being better than they were before the war.
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Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century. With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out.
Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again…this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush.
Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began For more than two years, he drove himself.
Little by little he overcame obstacles and fought his way back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually became a starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century. The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. These lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, "Fighting Back" and on stages of speaking appearances around the country.
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Army during the Vietnam War. Injured by a bullet to the thigh and a hand grenade to the lower right leg, Rocky is told that he will never walk again. Not only does he walk again after a long rehabilitation , Rocky returns to train with the Steelers. The Steelers defeated the Vikings by the score of 16—6 to win their first Super Bowl championship.