Who Was Franco Harris?
Franco Harris was an amazing football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, best known for the “Immaculate Reception” play. This play occurred on December 23rd, 1972 and consisted of Harris catching the ball right before hitting the ground, then sprinting to a game-winning touchdown.
Watch the Immaculate Reception HERE
Harris was known as the first player to execute the Immaculate Reception, and continued his impressive career up until he retired in 1985. However, his legacy continues to inspire thousands.
Franco's Italian Army
Harris’s Italian background was important to his legacy. His fans called themselves the “Italian Army” because of his parents heritage. Fans were supportive of his culture and often sported Italian flags while drinking wine and eating Italian food.
Harris’s legacy continues on in the NFL Hall of Fame. His career as an established running-back continues to fuel the fire of the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty.
Franco Harris [Pennsylvania Center for the Book]