The Real-Life Rocky

Rocky Bleier, home from Vietnam, is introduced at a Pittsburgh game as a former Steeler

Before the end of his first season in the NFL, running back Rocky Bleier was drafted and shipped over to Vietnam, where he served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

On August 20, 1969, while on patrol in Heip Duc, Bleier was shot in the left thigh when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy. Bleier’s day was about to get a whole lot worse. In the above ESPN video, Bleier recalls what happened four hours later: With his unit nearly surrounded and heavily outnumbered, he saw a grenade flying through the air.

It hits my commanding officer right on the back. He scrambles up to crouch away, and it bounces off and rolls to where now I am lying. And so I get up and jump to get out of the way, and as I do, it rolls right underneath me and I’m standing on top of it, and it blows up. Boom! through my right foot and my right knee and into my groin.

Bleier was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. In October 1969, home from the war and walking with a cane, he was introduced at a Pittsburgh game as a “former Steeler.” Bleier was the only one in the stadium that day who believed that his destiny was to be a “future Steeler.” Sure enough, after five grueling years of rehab and hard work, Bleier rejoined the Steelers as their starting halfback and was an integral part of four championship Steeler teams.

Bleier is now a speaker specializing in leadership, teamwork, perseverance and integrity. I admire Bleier for his indomitable courage, his unwavering belief in himself, his indefatigable work ethic, and his heroic efforts both on and off the field. Sylvester Stallone might have co-opted the name, but Bleier is the true-blue, real-life, original Rocky.


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