With the Super Bowl 50 looming, things are getting quite exciting for football fans. There’s nothing like a hard fought game and being on the edge of your seat pulling for your team. It’s an American staple. This past weekend we got just that with the Steelers/Bengals play-off match-up. The Steelers ended up walking away with the win, 18-16.
An iconic team with a rich history in the league, have you ever thought to yourself…wouldn’t it be cool to meet some of the old Steel Curtain team players and hear their stories? At the 2016 WHMA Annual Wire Harness Conference February 23-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona, you have just that chance!
This year’s keynote speaker is Rocky Bleier (halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980). His 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 humor 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 all can benefit from.
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.
Does miss this opportunity to meet this truly incredible American hero – hope to see you at the WHMA Conference!
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