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Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers, fighting back

Rocky Bleier

  • NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
  • "Fighting Back" - Movie of his life
  • Professional Motivational Speaker
Rocky's key topic:
  • Be The Best You Can Be
Rocky Bleier was not very big and not very fast, but he was an incredibly determined athlete when the Pittsburgh Steelers picked him late in the 1968 draft.  Before he could prove himself as a rookie, he was drafted again - this time, for combat duty in Vietnam.

A few months later, crippled by enemy rigfle fire and grenade wounds in both legs, Rocky Bleier faced his biggest challenge.  He could barely walk ... he certainly couldn't run.  To ever play professional football seemed impossible.

But Rocky Bleier did the impossible.  The story of Bleier's agonizing two year battle and return ot the Pittsburgh Steelers is described in the book "Fighting Back", and recreated in the 1980 movie of the same name.  The rest of his exciting 12-year career is history:

  • How he pressed on to become on the the Steelers' top leading ground gainers
  • How he passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in one season
  • How he contributed to four Super Bowl Victories
  • How he consistently made the big play.

Rocky Bleier's ability to inspire effort and commitment from others continues. Rocky hs been active in the National Muliple Sclerosis Society and the International special Olympics. As a board member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rund, he helped make possible the Washington, CDC Memorial.

Rocky's special qualities have been recognized with the Whizzer White Humanitarian Award, the Vince Lombardi Award, and The Most Courageous Athlete of the Decade Award. 

Rocky Bleier is in demand as a speaker, motivating audiences in a wide variety of organizations, corporations and universities.   Bleier sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and challenges all business people face in today's crowded, competitive marketplace.

Be The Best You Can Be

  • Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for grater accomplishments.  He employs a dynamic style with real life stories and brings it together with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences can relate to.
"We've had some of the best - Lou Holtz, Sparky Anderson, Zig Ziglar, to name a few - but there is no doubt that your presentation will go down in history os one of the best!"

Barbara Beurkens
Gordon Food Service


"Your messages of having a 'vision' and being 'the best your can be' were right on target for our meeting.  Many people were inspired by your story ... the way you never gave up and always had that winning spirit."

F.W. Newton
Shell Chemical Company



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