November 22, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PITTSBURGH – Former Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rocky Bleier will be joining NFL Historian and Author Joe Zagorski on December 14th at Jerome Bettis’ 36 Grille Restaurant in Pittsburgh’s North Shore for a book signing event. Bleier and Zagorski will be selling and signing copies of Zagorski’s book, The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade, which was published earlier this summer by McFarland and Company, Inc. Bleier wrote the foreword for the 444-page book, which captures each year of the decade of the 1970s in pro football in a very comprehensive and descriptive style. The book will be sold at the event for a special holiday price of $25. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and no reservations are necessary. Critical praise for The NFL in the 1970s: Finally, a book about the decade of football that defined the game for the Boomer Generation, a decade when the NFL supplanted Major League Baseball as our national past-time and became a cultural obsession. This is when the Me Decade collided with the ultimate team sport. And in this book, Mr. Zagorski has provided the perfect balance, weaving complex historical narrative into a series of wonderful stories and personality portraits that will forever live in the fabric of American sports. --Sal Paolantonio, ESPN National Correspondent. "Definitive...an ideal resource for football historians as well as casual fans seeking to get a sense of a phenomenal decade in NFL history." --Library Journal "The 1970s was the decade of The Godfather, Watergate and disco. It was also the decade of Monday Night Football, America's Team and the Steel Curtain. Author Joe Zagorski's lively, well-researched book explains how rival leagues, the NFL and AFL, came together and the modern era of pro football was born." --McCann Award-winning sportswriter Ray Didinger. About the Author: Joe Zagorski, a native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, has been a member of the Pro Football Researchers Association since the mid-1980s. He is the author of many pro football articles over the years for their publication The Coffin Corner. His first book, The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade (McFarland and Company, Inc. publishers), was recently rated by the Library Journal as one of the top ten football books in America in 2016. He was also a contributing writer to the book The 1966 Green Bay Packers (also published by McFarland and Company, Inc.). Zagorski also edits a Facebook page entitled The NFL in the 1970s. In his spare time, Zagorski volunteers with the Tennessee Chapter of the NFL Alumni Association on a variety of charitable activities. He is also a former sportswriter for the Coatesville (Pennsylvania) Daily Record newspaper and the Evening Phoenix newspaper of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Contact Information: You can reach Joe Zagorski at JosephZMAN63@aol.com, or by telephone at 865-220-8044 (Home) or 865-335-9474 (Cell).