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Lot # 143: January 6, 1980 Rocky Bleier AFC Championship Game Used Football

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "2019 Fall Classic",
which ran from 11/3/2019 7:00 PM to
12/6/2019 10:00 PM

A memento of the 1980 AFC Championship Game, this game used Wilson Official NFL football was presented to Rocky Bleier, with his large signature in silver marker on one panel. Rocky rushed for 53 yards and received for 39 more in that game, closing out the scoring in Pittsburgh's 27-13 win over the Houston Oilers with a four-yard fourth quarter touchdown run. One panel is hand-painted with Bleier's name along with the score, "AFC Championship, Sund. Jan. 6. 1980, 3 Rivers Stadium." That victory propelled the Steelers to Super Bowl XIV, where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams.

It is always nice when an athlete makes a collection available to the public. As a collecting community, we are grateful for the opportunity to acquire rare and unique items from an athlete’s career. This one is extra special! For the first time, Rocky Bleier has made available his vast collection of memorabilia. Rocky is much more than an athlete. He is an American sports icon and hero. But even more impressive is the fact that he has been an inspiration to millions of people across the globe for his heroic battle back to the top of his profession as a football star. The items in his collection tell the story of Rocky’s fabled life. From his days at Xavier High School and his three time selection to the all-state team to his being Captain of the Notre Dame football squad to his battles and injuries sustained in the Vietnam War to his fight back to become a 4 time Super Bowl Champion to his life as a family man to the present day where he continues to inspire with his life story and overall kindness. This collection tells a miraculous story and we are thankful that we have the honor of handling it. On a final note, if you ever have a chance to meet Rocky Bleier in person, please take the opportunity. Having the chance to meet him, we can tell you that this man is the embodiment of a true American.

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