About Rocky Bleier – Former NFL Player, Vietnam Veteran & Motivational Speaker:
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 humour 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 can all 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, and 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.
What Rocky Bleier Talks About:
Be the Best You Can Be
Whether it is career development for corporate executives, enhancing sales and marketing skills for sales teams, offering inspiration for young professionals or practical advice to student athletes, Rocky Bleier’s delivery is a winner. His advice is not about avoiding life’s twists and turns – but conditioning one self to lean into them and to incorporate the resulting energy in realizing goals.
Your presentation truly ‘hit the mark’ and provided us with inspiration for the coming year!