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Ex-Steeler Rocky Bleier, team neurosurgeon chair extreme hike planned to aid veterans

A Steelers legend and a UPMC neurosurgeon will be honorary chairmen of The Crucible, an extreme hike planned in May to help an organization that benefits military veterans.

Former Steelers player Rocky Bleier and Dr. Joseph Maroon are to be announced Thursday at an event at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in the South Side, according to Checkpoint, a North Side-based nonprofit that serves veterans and military families.

The Crucible will be a 70-mile, three-day and two-night extreme hike through the Laurel Mountains that will take place May 15-17. The event is designed to raise money for and awareness about Checkpoint.

Bleier is a Vietnam veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers. Maroon is a professor and vice chairman of the department of neurological surgery at UPMC and the Steelers’ team neurosurgeon.

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