Franco Harris is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held a running back position for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972 until 1983 and the Seattle Seahawks 1984. Harris is a four-time Super Bowl champion, a Super Bowl MVP, and nine-time Pro Bowler.

Born on March 7, 1950 in New Jersey, he played football at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. He then went on to play for Penn State University where he led the team in scoring. In the 1972 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the thirteenth overall pick.

Born Mar 7, 1950
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Franco

During his debut season, he was hailed as the Rookie of the Year by the United Press International and The Sporting News. Harris was the first African-American and Italian-American to become a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. He was also one of the main players in the “Immaculate Reception” - one of the most famous plays in the history of football.

He formed a running back tandem with Rocky Bleier which enabled the team to win the 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979 Super Bowls. Harris became the leader in rushing among active players. He ranks 12th in the league for All-Time in rushing yards.

Harris transferred to the Seattle Seahawks due to a pay raise conflict with the owners of the Steelers. After playing a total of 8 games with the Seahawks, he announced his retirement.

His career player statistics are 12,120 rushing yards, 4.1 yards per carry, 91 rushing touchdowns, 307 receptions, 2,287 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns. Franco Harris is a Pro Football Hall of Famer.


• 4-time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)• Super Bowl MVP (IX)• 9-time Pro Bowl (1972–1980)• First-team All-Pro (1977)• 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1972, 1975)• NFL Man of the Year (1976)• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1972)• NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1976)• NFL 1970s All-Decade Team• Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team

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