Football

@NDFootball
Rocky Bleier Back On Notre Dame Campus Last Weekend

Former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler great Rocky Bleier ('68) was back on campus last weekend as the keynote speaker for the Rockne Heritage Fund's Director's Circle Recognition Dinner.

Oct. 11, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Last weekend the Rockne Heritage Fund welcomed four-time Super Bowl Champion and former Notre Dame running back Rocky Bleier ('68) back to campus for its annual Director's Circle Recognition Weekend.

As the keynote speaker for the Director's Circle Recognition Dinner, Bleier spoke about his football career at Notre Dame and as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, his service to the nation in the Vietnam War, and overcoming adversity.

Attending the dinner were several Notre Dame coaches and student-athletes, as well as members of the Rockne Heritage Fund's Director's Circle and Irish Legends members.

A football and basketball star in Appleton, Wis., Bleier attended Notre Dame as a standout running back for the Irish under Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian. He received his degree in business management in 1968.

Bleier then played one season in the NFL before being drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam. While serving in 1969, Bleier's platoon was ambushed and his left thigh was wounded. Additionally, a grenade sent pieces of shrapnel into his right leg while he was down. His courageous service earned him the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Bleier returned to the pros in 1970, but he played only sparingly for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the next three seasons. He not only needed to gain a great deal of weight back, but his war injuries made it difficult for him to walk. Through perseverance and a strict training regimen, Bleier worked his way into a starting spot in 1974. He would retire from the NFL as a four-time Super Bowl champion. He resides in Pittsburgh.

Members of the Rockne Heritage Fund's Director's Circle and Irish Legends include alumni, parents, and friends who provide high levels of annual support to Notre Dame Athletics for scholarships awarded to deserving student-athletes.

-- ND --
 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

September 2
TBA
Temple
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 9
TBA
Georgia
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 16
TBA
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TBA
September 23
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich.

TBA
September 30
TBA
Miami Ohio
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 7
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.

TBA
October 21
TBA
USC
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 28
TBA
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 4
TBA
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 11
TBA
Miami Fla.
Miami Gardens, Fla.

TBA
November 18
TBA
Navy
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 25
TBA
Stanford
Stanford, Calif.

TBA

Shop Now

Nissan

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

NCAA Infractions Report

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats