ByDave Monihan, writer at Creators.co

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW, THE ROCKY MOVIES WERE PROBABLY ONE OF THE KEY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN AMERICA'S PRIDE DURING THE END OF THE COLD WAR IN THE 1980'S. THE ROCKY FRANCHISE BROUGHT A NATION THAT WAS DOWN TO AN ALL TIME HIGH. THE ROCKY MOVIES ARE NOT ABOUT BOXING; THEY ARE ABOUT THE UNDERDOG, THE LOW MAN ON THE TOTEM POLE, THE UNDERACHIEVER WITH A BIG HEART, THE MAN WHO NEVER GIVES UP, THE MAN WHO KEEPS GETTING BACK UP WHEN HE'S DOWN.... IT IS ABOUT LIFE! IT ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD ALWAYS STRIVE TO BE. IT IS ABOUT ACCEPTING AND EMBRACING OTHERS FOR THEIR DIFFERENCES. IT IS ABOUT BEING A MAN AND STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. IT IS ABOUT GOOD OLD FASHIONED HARD WORK AND PERSERVERANCE!

WHEN ROCKY BALBOA TOOK ON THE RUSSIAN, THE WORLD THOUGHT THAT HE WAS CRAZY. HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE ALL AGAINST HIM. ROCKY PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT HE WAS GOING TO STAND UP FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NO MATTER HOW BIG AND HOW STRONG OUR CHALLENGERS MAY APPEAR TO BE. ROCKY BALBOA INSPIRED A NATION UNDER A THREAT TO STAND UP AND TAKE ON THE ENEMY.

THE MESSAGE OF ROCKY GOES WAY ABOVE THE SCOPE OF BOXING. ROCKY BALBOA PERSONALLY MOTIVATED ME DURING MY LIFE TO NEVER GET UP AND TO ALWAYS KEEP ON FIGHTING...

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