Born in New Jersey 72 years ago, Franco Harris emerged from “why did they draft him?” status to become a rookie star, capping his first season in Pittsburgh with perhaps the greatest play in the history of football: The Immaculate Reception. With a humble manner and shy smile, he went on to become one of the city’s icons. Would anyone be more deserving of being called “Mr. Pittsburgh” than Franco?
Tom Scanlon started his journalism career as a sports stringer with the Pittsburgh Press (RIP) and Post-Gazette, then moved on to the Seattle Times, Mesa Tribune etc. He is the author of plays including "The Superhumans" and novels including "Ocean Shores Tourist Killer," "Atlantis City," and, now, "The Immaculate Jagoffs of Pittsburgh."