Vietnam Veteran and Former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier Shares with ND Guard

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier spoke at the North Dakota National Guard’s 2009 Safety Conference last Saturday. Mr. Bleier was drafted in 1968 by both the U.S. Army and the Pittsburgh Steelers. After playing a few games in the big leagues, he headed for Vietnam in 1969 where he was wounded in his legs by gunfire and a grenade. Doctors told Mr. Bleier that he would walk but he would never play football again. He refused to believe it. After hours of rehab, he started for the Steelers in 1974, acquiring four Super Bowl rings before he retired.

Mr. Bleier’s story is so similar to that of MLB’s Lou Brissie. Their sheer determination and unwavering optimism overcame the mountain of impossibilities that stood in front of the realization of their dreams. The American Veterans Center salutes these heroes and their comrades, who put their own dreams at stake for the safety and well being of their fellow citizens.

Read more about Mr. Bleier.

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