NFL BREAKING:  Franco Harris, Ex Steelers & Seahawks Star, Passes Away

DEC 21 FRANCO PASSES AWAY   at the age of 72.

Harris,known in the football world for “The Immaculate Reception,'' was part of four Steelers Super Bowl winners.

Harris played 13 years in the NFL – 12 with the Steelers and one with the Seahawks in 1984 before retirement.

Franco Harris was the author of the “Immaculate Reception”. He was 4-time Super Bowl champion, Hall of Fame player and revered individual by so many.

His death comes two days before the 50th anniversary of the play that provided the jolt that helped transform the Steelers from also-rans into the NFL’s elite and ......

three days before Pittsburgh is scheduled to retire his No. 32 during a ceremony at halftime of its game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Despite his accomplishments, Harris insisted that “a player should not be measured by statistics alone....

He should be measured by something more special, such as the sharing of teammates and fans,"

“Franco was the heart and soul of our team," Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene said in the upcoming NFL Network program.

On Friday, the NFL Network is scheduled to air a profile of Harris at 9 p.m. eastern time, featuring interviews with Harris and several former teammates, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the play...

"Franco not only impacted the game of football, but he also affected the lives of many, many people in profoundly positive ways,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Porter  said.