Book by Rocky Bleier, Terry O'Neil...
|Title||:||Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story|
|Number of Pages||:||580 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story Reviews
Rocky Bleier a war veteran and a NFL quarterback for the Steelers. Rocky played football his whole life and ended up being a late round draft out of Notre Dame, as he is going through summer conditioning he is drafted into the Vietnam war. During the war rocky is shot once and hit with a grenade and left with shrapnel up and down his thigh and almost loses a couple toes. When he is sent home for rehab to rebuild those muscles Rock goes back to the Steelers with his numbers being better than they were before the war. At the time the Steelers did a grading system that was 1-5. 1 was outstanding and 5 was you were cut. Rocky went from high 4’s before the war to mid 2’s after the war. Yes, he had many people telling him to quit pro football because he would never be good enough to play again with his injuries the way they were. Each time Rocky was faced with this situation he would go out onto the field and prove those people wrong. Rocky wasn’t a first nor second string quarterback, he was the kicker for the start of his NFL career. The only time he was put in for QB was when it wasn’t such a strong team that they were up against or Terry Bradshaw and the other quarterback was out for either injury or rest. Rocky is most definitely a person to look up to when faced with challenges in life and how to overcome them as well as using them to your advantage to make you stronger.
This is a very inspiring book. I didnt realize how serious Bleier's wounds were in Vietnam until reading this. His come back efforts were incredible. The only thing I was disappointed in was the lack of detail about his rehab from 1969-1971.
I was born and raised with the Steelers and greatly respect and admire all that has Rocky accomplished. Heck, I even had him sign my book. However, he is not a literary genius. I found the sentences to be choppy and the series of events were not strung together fluently. While the information about his childhood all the way through his Super Bowl championships are interesting, reading the book felt like a ponderous task rather than an enjoyable read. Sorry Rocky! You are still one of my heroes!!!
Touching account of one mans war at home, abroad, and then handicapped in a new war at home. This book really puts in perspective that, barring excuse-making, you can climb the highest mountain if you work hard and have the most determination. Although I am not a Steeler fan, this also is another shining example of what an amazing citizen of human kind that Art Rooney really is to the world. I hate the Steelers, but I love this book and I definitely respect the Steelers.
I enjoyed this book since I am a Steelers fan and it was the first novel that I had ever read. Inspiring tale of Bleier overcoming all odds to achieve his dream. It's a theme that has been overdone to death, but this is one of the originals and was fresh for its time. Also, interesting insight to the Steelers locker rooms of one of the best teams of all time.
So inspirational. I was lucky enough to have heard him speak (and get his autograph plus wear his super bowl rings). The book was just as good as him in person.
Enjoyed this thoroughly. Written right after the Steelers first Super Bowl win.
I read this 25 years ago in paperback. It is a Vietnam story and a comeback story. I want to reread it - I think I lost my copy, though.