Rocky Bleier is a four-time Super Bowl winning champion whose story speaks about what it takes for ordinary people to become extraordinary achievers. His keynote presentations capture the essence of his best selling biography, "Fighting Back." He recounts his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam where he was severely injured by rifle fire and grenades. His dream to play in the NFL seemed to vanish in those horrific moments. But Rocky fought back - using his intelligence, discipline, and raw hard work to achieve his goals and fulfill his dreams. The lessons Bleier conveys have instilled this same spirit in corporations and organizations across the country, while also providing his unique insights into the world of professional football.
Rocky is in demand as a professional speaker, motivating audiences in a wide variety of organizations and corporations. Rocky sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today's crowded, competitive marketplace, and that is the central message he delivers.
His presentation - Be the Best You Can Be - motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Rocky is a dynamic speaker, using real life stories with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences can relate to. His life 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
Rocky Bleier's life 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. Some of those lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, "Fighting Back," and an ABC-TV movie of the week by the same name.
Rocky Bleier's life story is told through many stages - the early childhood lessons of love for family, God and country, his struggle to prove himself in college, his experiences in Vietnam and the consequences of being seriously wounded, his rehabilitation, and finally, the achievement of his goal to play professional football again and the experience of winning four super bowl championships.
With its behind-the-scenes descriptions of the pro football world, together with the inspirational story of Rocky's recovery, FIGHTING BACK is assured a readership that goes beyond most sports books.
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