Franco Harris, the running back whose ingenuity came up with “The Immaculate Reception,” widely regarded as the most iconic play in NFL history, has passed away. He was 72 years old.
“It’s hard to find the right words to describe Franco Harris’ impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers, his teammates, the city of Pittsburgh and Steelers Nation,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “Since her season, which included the Immaculate Reception, Franco brought joy to the agent on and off the field of play. He never stopped collaborating in various ways. He touched so much and loved by so many.”