and America Exhibit Opens at Hall of Fame
Rocky Bleier Cuts Ribbon
2002 - Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Vietnam veteran Rocky
Bleier helped the Hall of Fame open its newest exhibit on Wednesday afternoon.
Bleier addressed a lunch crowd of approximately 80 guests and members
of the media in the Hall's NFL Films Theater before performing the ceremonial
ribbon cutting to the exhibit.
Bleier addresses audience at the Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.
father told me, 'One day you'll be in the Hall of Fame.' I didn't think
it would be this way," joked Bleier during his opening remarks.
on a more serious note by reflecting on the parallels between football
and war. "Miltary service is like football, just basic fundamentals,"
he stated in reference to principles such as passion, commitment, and
idea of the Football and America Exhibit was introduced by New
Orleans Saints' owner Tom Benson. He approached the National Football
League about the possibility of tying a salute to World War II veterans
into the Super Bowl XXXVI celebration in New Orleans. Jim Steeg, the NFL's
senior vice president of special events, contacted the Hall of Fame in
early fall about creating such an exhibit. In just three months, the exhibit
was completed and debuted at the NFL's Super Bowl Experience. After three
days at the NFL Experience, the exhibit was moved to the D-Day Museum
in New Orleans, and finally onto the Hall of Fame in Canton.
poses next to display that honors his service in Vietnam.
this display does," reflected Bleier, "is help us not forget
about those who committed during a time of need."
He then described
the word "hero," an often used term in both football and war. "Hero is
defined as someone who does what needs to be done when it is needed to
be done without thinking about the consequences," commented Bleier. "That
is the underlying tribute today. Heroes did what needed to be done despite
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