Case 4

Franco Harris

Steelers Star -- #1 Draft in 1972

Franco Harris  (1950 -   )


Harris, who played college football at Penn State, is famous for the amazing immaculate reception when he plucked the ball out of the air at his shoestrings and ran it 42 yards into the endzone.  In 2006, The Heinz History Center, home of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, installed a life-size figure of Harris in the grand concourse of Pittsburgh International Airport.


For his NFL career he had 12,120 yards which currently ranks him 12th all-time and at the time of his retirement 2nd behind only legendary Jim Brown. He also scored 91 rushing touchdowns which ranks him 10th all-time tied with fellow Steeler legend Jerome Bettis.