Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris has passed away at the age of 72 years old. He spent all but one year of his 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harris played his final NFL season in 1984 with the Seattle Seahawks. He is most famous for catching the pass in 1972 that was dubbed the “Immaculate Reception”. His son confirmed his passing on Wednesday morning to the press. This comes just days before the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception” where the Steelers planned to retire his jersey number at halftime of their game this week.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) December 21, 2022
In his 13-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, Franco Harris rushed 2,949 times for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns. He also caught 307 passes for 2,287 yards and nine touchdowns. The football world immediately offered their love and support to his family Wednesday morning after learning about his passing late Tuesday night.
Franco Harris interview from the locker room immediately following the Immaculate Reception. pic.twitter.com/ZI9Jtf7FVL
— Ryan Recker (@RyanRecker) December 21, 2022
Harris was a spectacular running back who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, made one All-Pro team, nine Pro Bowls, won four Super Bowls, and was named Super Bowl IX MVP. We here at Def Pen Sports offer our thoughts to the family, friends, and fans of Franco Harris.