FRANCO HARRIS

FRANCO HARRIS

Class of 1990
Running Back >>> 6-2, 230
(Penn State)
1972-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1984 Seattle Seahawks

Franco Harris ... No. 1 draft pick, 1972 ... Provided big-back power to Steelers offense ... All-Pro, 1977, All-AFC four times ... In nine Pro Bowls ... 158 yards rushing, MVP in Super Bowl IX ... Rushed 1,000 yards eight seasons, 100 yards, 47 games ... Career record: 12,120 yards, 91 TDs rushing; 2,287 yards, 9 TDs receiving; 14,622 combined net yards ... 1,556 yards rushing in 19 post-season games ... Born March 7, 1950, in Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Franco Harris began his pro football career as the Pittsburgh Steelers' No.1 pick and the 13th player selected in the 1972 NFL Draft. For 12 seasons, the 6-2, 230-pounder from Penn State was a big-yardage running back, a key man in the powerful Pittsburgh offensive machine, which also included an outstanding passing attack.

Harris established himself as a future superstar when he became only the fourth rookie in NFL annals to rush for 1,000 yards. He gained additional attention by being on the receiving end of the famous "Immaculate Reception" pass from Terry Bradshaw that gave the Steelers their first-ever playoff win, a 13-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. In his 13 seasons, the last of which was spent with the Seattle Seahawks in 1984, Harris rushed 2,949 times for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns.

He rushed for 1,000 yards or more eight seasons and for more than 100 yards in 47 games. He also caught 307 passes for 2,287 yards and nine touchdowns. His career rushing total and his combined net yardage figure of 14,622 both ranked as the third highest marks in pro football history at the time of his retirement.

Harris, who was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 7, 1950, was an All-AFC choice in 1972, 1975, 1976, and 1977 and first- or second-team All-Pro six times. He was selected to nine Pro Bowls. Franco played in five AFC championships – missing a sixth because of injury – and four Super Bowls.

In Super Bowl IX, when the Steelers won their first-ever league title with a 16-6 victory over Minnesota, Harris rushed for 158 yards, compared to just 17 yards rushing for the entire Viking team. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Harris held numerous Super Bowl and postseason game records by the end of his career. The most notable included 24 points and 354 yards rushing in four Super Bowls and 17 touchdowns and 1,556 yards rushing in 19 postseason playoff games.

Year Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1972 Pittsburgh
14
188
1055
5.6
10
21
180
8.6
1
1973 Pittsburgh
12
188
698
3.7
3
10
69
6.9
0
1974 Pittsburgh
12
208
1006
4.8
5
23
200
8.7
1
1975 Pittsburgh
14
262
1246
4.8
10
28
214
7.6
1
1976 Pittsburgh
14
289
1128
3.9
14
23
151
6.6
0
1977 Pittsburgh
14
300
1162
3.9
11
11
62
5.6
0
1978 Pittsburgh
16
310
1082
3.5
8
22
144
6.5
0
1979 Pittsburgh
15
267
1186
4.4
11
36
291
8.1
1
1980 Pittsburgh
13
208
789
3.8
4
30
196
6.5
2
1981 Pittsburgh
16
242
987
4.1
8
37
250
6.8
1
1982 Pittsburgh
9
140
604
4.3
2
31
249
8.0
0
1983 Pittsburgh
16
279
1007
3.6
5
34
278
8.2
2
1984 Seattle
8
68
170
2.5
0
1
3
3.0
0
Career Total
173
2949
12,120
4.1
91
307
2287
7.4
9
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 1-0; Kickoff Returns: 10-233
Full Name: Franco Harris

Birthdate: March 7, 1950

Birthplace: Fort Dix, New Jersey

High School:
Rancocas Valley Regional (Mount Holly, N.J.)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 27, 1990

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 4, 1990

Presenter:
Lynn Swann, Former Steelers teammate

Other Members of Class of 1990: Buck Buchanan, Bob Griese, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Tom Landry, Bob St. Clair

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 173 games

Drafted: 1st round (13th player overall) in 1972 by Pittsburgh Steelers

Uniform Number: 32, (34)

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