Franco Harris
(Original Caption) AFC playoff game- Steeler running back Franco Harris picks up a couple of yards in the 2nd quarter before being pulled down by Oakland Raiders Gerald Irons (86) and Dan Conners (55). Harris has compiled over 1000 yards in rushing this year.

‘Immaculate’ Harris


Franco Harris, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back during its dynasty run, has died. 

Best remembered for his heads-up play that led to the “Immaculate Reception,” Harris spent a decade in the NFL, winning four championships in what became a Hall of Fame career.

He was 72.

Harris’ son, Dok, confirmed his father’s death to the The Associated Press, saying he passed away overnight. 

No cause of death was immediately given.

The NFL paid tribute to Harris this week in what now seems like a fitting moment.  This week was the 50th anniversary of Harris’ ‘Immaculate” catch against the Raiders.

“Franco was the heart and soul of our team. When Franco arrived, we became the Pittsburgh Steelers,” former teammate “Mean” Joe Greene said.


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