R.I.P., Mr. Pittsburgh

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?

Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Franco Harris is mobed by fans at Three Rivers Stadium after scoring the winning touchdown, nicknamed the “Immaculate Reception,” during the American Football Conference (AFC) semi-final game against Oakland. Harris made the touchdown, one of the most famous single plays in the history of professional American football, on a tipped pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw to Frenchy Fuqua to Harris for the score in the fourth quarter in Pittsburgh.
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About Tom Scanlon

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."
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