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Rocky Bleier played one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 before he was drafted into service. He then volunteered for service in Vietnam and was deployed in 1969. He was shot in the leg during an ambush in 1969, suffering injuries that doctors indicated would prevent him from playing football again.
After receiving both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Bleier returned to the states where he worked himself back into football shape. He took part in Steelers training camp that summer, playing for a decade and winning four Super Bowls. Bleier put up nearly 4,000 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.