Franco Harris' cause of death: How did Steelers' legendary die?

Franco Harris' cause of death: How did Steelers' legendary die?

Franco Harris' cause of death Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris died in the night on Tuesday, December 20. Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame running back was 72 years old.

Harris The death of Harris was especially premature, as his number. 32 jersey was for retirement at halftime during the Steelers Week 16 game against their rivals the Las Vegas Raiders.

Harris The death of Harris also shocked the NFL world, as it happened just two days prior to his 50th birthday celebration of his legendary "Immaculate Reception" game which changed how the team performed team in 1972.


Franco Harris' cause of death

Franco Harris' cause of death, According to Pittsburgh Action News 4 (via Economic Times), the Steelers icon died of natural causes.

Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Porter had this to say after Harris’ untimely death:

“We have lost an incredible football player, an incredible ambassador to the Hall and, most importantly, we have lost one of the finest gentlemen anyone will ever meet.”

“Franco not only impacted the game of football, but he also affected the lives of many, many people in profound ways.”

Harris was a first-round selection in the same year at Penn State and eventually went to be named the O.R.O. of the Year. He rushed for 10 touchdowns and receiving 1,055 yards. He finished the season with the four Super Bowl rings.

Harris"Immaculate Reception" play that was triggered by the other Steelers legendary Terry Bradshaw's last-minute shot was later named the most memorable game in NFL history in the 100th anniversary season , which will begin in 2020.

"That play really represents our teams of the ’70s," Franco Harris said at the time, according to the Associated Press.

Franco Harris also earned Super Bowl MVP honors in the 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX after rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown. His tally of 354 career rushing yards in the Super Bowl remains a record to this day, four decades after he called time on a bona fide legendary career.


Franco is best known for his incredible play in 1972 that won the Pittsburgh Steelers a playoff game against Oakland when he decided to keep running while everyone else on the field stopped. It was the Steelers' first playoff victory in four decades and dubbed the "immaculate reception." Franco played for the Steelers from 1972 to 1983.

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