Franco Harris, NFL Hall Of Famer Who Scored On ‘Immaculate Reception,’ Dead At 72

The Pittsburgh Steelers star died just days before the 50th anniversary of the famous play.

Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame running back whose heads-up thinking authored “The Immaculate Reception,” considered the most iconic play in NFL history, has died. He was 72.

Harris’ son Dok told The Associated Press his father passed away overnight. No cause of death was given. His death comes two days before the 50th anniversary of the play that provided the jolt that helped transform the Steelers from also-rans into the NFL’s elite and three days before Pittsburgh is scheduled to retire his No. 32 during a ceremony at halftime of its game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Harris, a Penn State alum, rushed for 12,120 yards in his NFL career and won four Super Bowls with the Steelers.

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