Franco Harris was an American professional football player who primarily played for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a running back in the National Football League for 13 seasons. He died overnight on December 20 at his home. His son informed of his death.
Who was Franco Harris?
Harris was born in New Jersey and only completed his graduation there. He then attended Penn State University and played for its football team. His professional football career started when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him and he put in an impressive performance in his first National Football League (NFL) season.
He gained many fans among the Italian-American population of viewers. He was selected to nine consecutive Pro Bowls and proved to be an asset to his team. He was named the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl IX. He won four Super Bowls during his career with the Steelers. Towards the end of his career, he played with the Seattle Seahawks for a while before retiring.
He received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1984. He was ranked 83rd among the 100 Greatest Football Players published by The Sporting News. A life-size statue of Harris has been installed at the Pittsburgh International Airport by the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. He was also inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011.
How Franco Harris died:
Harris’ death is considered a sudden death as there were no health complications going on in his life. He died overnight of natural causes on December 20, 2022, aged 72, at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. His son informed of the devastating news of the player’s death.
Franco Harris Cause of Death:
His death is sad and untimely, coming days before his No. 32 jersey was set to be retired by the Steelers at halftime of a December 24 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Three days after his death, it was also the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception”.
As soon as his death became known, social media was flooded with tributes and how the legendary footballer had left his family, loved ones and fans in great shock.
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