Football Champion Honored

Posted Wednesday --- October 24, 2007 -- 5:36pm

Wisconsin Assembly honors football champion Rocky Bleier

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is honoring a Wisconsin native who was wounded in Vietnam but still played on four Super Bowl teams.

The Assembly adopted a resolution naming October 12th, 2007 as Robert "Rocky" Bleier day.

Bleier was born and raised in Appleton. He led Xavier High School to the state football championship 45 years ago on October 12th.

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Bleier in 1968 but he was called to duty in Vietnam that year. He was wounded in both legs and his right foot, winning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Bleier walked with a permanent limp, but returned to the Steelers and was a member of four Super Bowl champion teams between 1974 and 1980.

AP


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