Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story
Written byJerry McNeely
Directed byRobert Lieberman
StarringRobert Urich
Bonnie Bedelia
Theme music composerFred Karlin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerJerry McNeely
ProducersDonald A. Baer
Maurice Welsh Gable (co-producer)
David Anspaugh (associate producer)
Production locationPittsburgh
CinematographyStevan Larner
EditorA. David Marshall
Running time95 minutes
Production companiesMTM Enterprises
Company Four
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • December 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)

Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story is a 1980 made-for-television movie about the life of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, portrayed by Robert Urich.

Based on Bleier's 1975 autobiography of the same name, it tells the story of how, after becoming a running back for the Steelers in 1968, he was then drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Injured by a bullet to the thigh and a hand grenade to the lower right leg, Rocky is told that he will never walk again. Not only does he walk again after a long rehabilitation, Rocky returns to train with the Steelers. With the sympathy and support of his wife Aleta (Bonnie Bedelia), Steelers owner Art Rooney (Art Carney), and coach Chuck Noll (Richard Herd), Rocky makes the team again, and helps them become Super Bowl champions.[1]


  1. ^ "Fighting Back (1980) (TV)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-08-21.