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In 1980, Super Bowl XIV between the Rams and Steelers provided a lifeline for U.S. hostages in Iran

In 1980, Super Bowl XIV between the Rams and Steelers provided a lifeline for U.S. hostages in Iran

He endured beatings, mock firing squads and long periods of solitary confinement. His hands were tied behind his back for 30 days in which he was forbidden to speak.

Rocky Sickmann spent 444 days in captivity during the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 Americans were, according to Iranian propaganda, "guests" of the state who were treated with respect. Thirty-five years after his release, Sickmann scoffs at that notion.

"Not a day went by when you didn't think you were going to die," said Sickmann, now 58 and an executive at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. "Unless you were there, experiencing the sounds and smells, you can't understand the fear of not knowing...

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