PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN)- According to multiple sources, Pittsburgh Steelers legend and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris has passed away at the age of 72.
This is according to CBS Pittsburgh- KDKA-TV, who reported the news Wednesday morning after his family confirmed his death.
Harris was one of the members of the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s, winning four Super Bowls. Harris finished his career with eight 1,000 yard seasons, 12,120 career rushing yards, and 100 total touchdowns. He played in nine Pro Bowls in his 13 seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
The former star running back was scheduled to be honored on Christmas Eve on Saturday night at Heinz Field for the 50th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception at halftime of the game against the Las Vegas Raiders. His #32 jersey was going to be retired.
Steelers President Art Rooney II released a statement:
“It is difficult to find the appropriate words to describe Franco Harris’ impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers, his teammates, the City of Pittsburgh, and Steeler Nation. From his rookie season, which included the Immaculate Reception, through the next 50 years, Franco brought joy to people on and off the field. He never stopped giving back in so many ways. He touched so many, and he was loved by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Dana, his son Dok, and his extended family at this difficult time.”Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II.