Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier

NFL Running Back, Vietnam Veteran and Author
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Be the Best You Can Be
Rocky Bleier's speeches are filled with inspirational messages that can benefit everyone, from corporate executives to student athletes. The delivery is unique - a mix of his steadfast determination and down-to-earth sense of humor.

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  • From a soldier’s uniform to an NFL player’s uniform, Rocky Bleier imparts the life lessons that helped him overcome the trying circumstances that threatened to derail not only his career, but his life.
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    Rocky Bleier’s story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years.

    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....lessons that we all can benefit from.

    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."

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    "Our members thought Rocky was inspirational, charismatic, entertaining and though provoking. He spoke about his experience as a Pittsburgh Steeler as well as his time in Vietnam where he was seriously wounded. He fought back from his injuries to win four Super Bowl rings."
    --Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services

    "Rocky was wonderful and a GREAT speaker! ...Rocky really made our meeting outstanding!"
    --ADM Investor Services

    "Rocky was a delight to have with us. Everyone gives him a 10 out of 10. Great job all around!"
    --AWWA Alabama Mississippi Section

    "Rocky is very down to earth and friendly. He did a great job speaking and spent a lot of time with the conference attendees after his presentation. Great choice for a speaker!"

    "A respected legend with an inspiring story and keynote."

    "Definitely, absolutely, book him. He is awesome, entertaining, inspirational and motivational."
    --Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional

    "Book Mr. Bleier quickly. You will not regret it."
    --Perryman Company