Rocky Bleier: Fighting Back | Senator John Heinz History Center | Literary | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Rocky Bleier
Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier: Fighting Back

Steelers players are often idolized in Pittsburgh, but when a football player is also a war veteran, their legend is elevated to a Mr. Rogers-like status. Rocky Bleier is one of those players. The former Steelers star served in the Vietnam War and was injured in combat. After two years of recovery, he fought his way back onto the football field and eventually earned a starting spot with the Steelers’ in the 1970s. Bleier will be speaking with a panel about his new book, Fighting Back, that chronicles his story returning to the football field after combat. Admission includes access to the Heinz History Center’s Vietnam War exhibit; a meet and greet with Bleier precedes the talk. Veterans and active-duty members can attend for free.

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