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Four-Time Super Bowl Champion to Share Inspirational Life Story at Heritage Center

By University Relations Staff
Rocky Bleier - Spring 2022

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier will perform his one-man show, The Play, based on his almost unbelievable life story, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2022, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque. The performance is a Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series special event.

WHAT:  The Play with Rocky Bleier, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
WHEN:  7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2022
WHERE:  John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque


- General Public: $32 and up
- Military-Affiliated and Veterans: First ticket free. Additional tickets $27 and up
- UD Faculty and Staff, Alumni, and Parents of Current UD Students: $27 and up
- UD Students: First ticket free. Additional tickets $5 and up
- This event and free military-affiliated, veterans, and UD student admission are made possible, in part, through a partnership with UD's Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center.
Ticket prices increase by $5.00 at midnight the day of the event.

With the same optimism, sense of humor, and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bleier will take audiences from his early years through his professional career and share lessons he learned along the way in The Play. He will recall how, despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the 16th round of the 1968 draft. Bleier will share how before the season ended that first year, he was drafted by the United States Army and sent to Vietnam where he was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Barely able to walk, he was expected to never play football again. However, with personal determination and the encouragement of Steelers owner Art Rooney, Bleier was back at training camp in 1970 where he became an indispensable part of the Steelers dynasty with Super Bowl victories in 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980.

Audience members will journey through the decades of family anecdotes, tales of Steelers glory, and multimedia projections bringing Bleier's remarkable story to life. Premiering at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh in 2015, The Play is a heartfelt and inspiring memoir perfect for sports fans of all ages.

Tickets for The Play with Rocky Bleier can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at

The Farber Box Office will be closed Tuesday, December 21, 2021, through Friday, December 31, 2021. Regular box office hours will resume Monday, January 3, 2022. During the holiday closure, a 25 percent discount will be available on all January event tickets for general public, UD faculty and staff, alumni, parents of current UD students, military-affiliated, and veterans. Ticket discounts only apply to online purchases during this time period when online convenience fees of $3.00 per ticket will also be waived.

The exclusive broadcast media sponsor for The Play with Rocky Bleier is 97.7 Country WGLR-FM.

The Play with Rocky Bleier can be added to subscription order at a discount. Patrons must choose four to eight additional winter/spring events to customize a subscription order at a discount of five to 20 percent. Other subscriber benefits include discounted companion tickets, priority seating, reduced fees, payment plan options, and advance purchasing privileges

Order forms are available online at and for pick-up at the Farber Box Office. To request a season brochure, please call the box office at 563.585.SHOW.