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Steelers Daily News & Links: Rocky Bleier Reflects on Memorial Day; Downtown Plan for 2026 Draft



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🏈 NFL legend, four-time Super Bowl champion and Purple Heart recipient Rocky Bleier reflected on Memorial Day, remembering the heroes and their families for their sacrifice. 

Bleier was wounded twice in the Vietnam War, taking a bullet in the thigh and then a grenade blast damaged his lower right leg and foot. Despite being told he would not be able to play football again, Bleier rejoined the Steelers in 1970 and resumed playing in the 1971 season.

Bleier played 10 more seasons after his wounds, rushing for 1,036 yards in 1976 to join backfield-mate Franco Harris in the 1,000-yard club, the second time in league history two teammates rushed for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Bleier was part of four Steelers Super Bowl winners and is a member of the team’s Hall of Honor.

🏈 KDKA: Pittsburgh leaders to announce plan to revitalize Downtown ahead of 2026 NFL Draft.

Governor Josh Shapiro is involved with the new plan for Downtown.

“We’ll be prepared to step up to make sure that this event goes off well,” Shapiro said. “Not well, pardon me. That this event goes off great. And that everyone who visits Pittsburgh has a wonderful experience, that safety, security, hospitality, all of those issues will be addressed.”

🏈 Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson paid tribute to veterans on Memorial Day.

🏈 Steel City Star posted an ESPN Memorial Day segment on Alejandro Villanueva from 2018.

🏈 Alex Kay of Bleacher Report tabbed George Pickens as a player to make an All-Pro leap in 2024.


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