This beautiful pair of pieces comes from football great Rocky Bleier and serve as a testament to perseverance. Known for being part of four Super Bowl Championship teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bleier's career was nearly ended after his rookie season as a result of injuries suffered while serving in the Vietnam War in 1969. First, is a Bulova swivel clock, encased in a 7x7" square wood box, standing 7" tall with a glass lid. The clock is still in working order (battery not included), and the plate on the box reads, "Rocky Bleier CHAIRMAN Courage to Come Back Campaign. Next is a size 11 ring, with black stone surrounded by "the Courage to Come Back,". The inside is stamped, "MA Bloomfield Jewelry 10k," and the initials R.B. are engraved on the opposite side. Superb mementos from a legend who proved his courage both on and off the field.
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.