Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris dies suddenly at 72

by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News December 21, 2022

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Franco Harris died suddenly, his family announced on Wednesday. He was 72.

Franco Harris

No cause of death was reported.

The Harris family said on Wednesday that he had passed away overnight.

Harris was set to be honored by the Steelers on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception” (see below). The Steelers organization on Saturday was also set to formally retire Harris’s No. 32 during its game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Harris was a key part of four Super Bowl championship teams with the Steelers.

In his career, Harris rushed for 12,120 yards and 91 TDs, while adding 2,287 yards and 9 TDs receiving. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

“The entire team at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is immensely saddened today,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said Wednesday morning in a statement.

“We have lost an incredible football player, an incredible ambassador to the Hall and, most importantly, we have lost one of the finest gentlemen anyone will ever meet. Franco not only impacted the game of football, but he also affected the lives of many, many people in profoundly positive ways.”

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