One month after helping the Steelers snag their second straight Super Bowl, Rocky Bleier was awarded another bowl in the form of the Vince Lombardi Award. The impressive silver trophy stands 9" tall and features Bleier's name engraved along with a recognition of him being "a courageous athlete who overcame war wounds in Vietnam and a faltering start in pro football to win a Super Bowl ring and a warm spot in the hearts of all fans." The honor - not to be confused with the Lombardi Award that is awarded to the nation's best college football player - comes with a news photo of him receiving it from the widow of the Hall of Fame Packers coach. The date (February 9, 1975) is also engraved.
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.