The Pittsburgh Steelers will maintain a ceremony to unveil a Franco Harris jersey show previous to Saturday’s preseason sport in opposition to the Buffalo Payments.
The ceremony will happen at 5 p.m. (90 minutes earlier than kickoff) within the Fed Ex Nice Corridor situated inside Acrisure Stadium. Followers are inspired to reach early to observe the ceremony by getting into through Ticketmaster B Gate.
Harris, a Corridor of Fame operating again who spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, handed away a day earlier than the Steelers formally retired his jersey at halftime of the workforce’s victory over the Las Vegas Raiders this previous Christmas Eve. Harris’ spouse, Dana, and son, Dok, will probably be current at Saturday’s ceremony and also will function honorary captains.
The Steelers just lately added an exhibit inside their Corridor of Honor honoring the three Steelers who’ve had their jerseys retired: Harris, former teammate Joe Greene and Ernie Stautner, a Corridor of Fame defensive lineman who performed for the workforce from 1950-63.
Some of the influential gamers in franchise historical past, Harris’ accomplishments with the Steelers consists of profitable the 1972 Offensive Rookie of the Yr, Tremendous Bowl IX MVP and 9 consecutive Professional Bowl alternatives. Harris can also be the Tremendous Bowl’s profession dashing chief and stays the Steelers’ franchise profession chief with 12,120 dashing yards and 91 dashing touchdowns. He added an extra 1,556 dashing yards and 16 touchdowns in 19 postseason video games and was a power in every of Pittsburgh’s 4 Tremendous Bowl wins from 1974-79.
Harris’ affect in Pittsburgh goes past awards and stats, nevertheless. His breakout rookie season propelled Pittsburgh to its first-ever division crown. His “Immaculate Reception” in that 12 months’s divisional playoff sport over the Raiders resulted within the franchise’s first playoff win.
“My rookie 12 months was an unimaginable 12 months,” Harris informed CBS Sports activities in 2021. “That 12 months, [Steelers fans] went loopy. Franco’s Italian Military popped up. After which we had all these fan golf equipment pop up. That generated a lot enthusiasm and a lot of a following. And it is nonetheless there as we speak…