A True Winner... the man
who brought it to fruition.
The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!
Anyhow, Happy Birthday Franco!!
Harris was the guy that got the ball rolling in 1972 and started making the Pittsburgh Steelers a household word! Everyone talks about the "Immaculate Reception," but that was only one play in one game out of a whole career. Don't get me wrong, the "Immaculate Reception" was one of the all-time greatest plays. But Harris made these same types of plays over and over again during his career as a Steeler.
I will never forget the day in 1983 when I turned on the TV and I heard that the Pittsburgh Steelers had just released long time running back, Franco Harris. It literally made me sick to my stomach! More give and take was needed on both sides during those negotiations, but the Steelers should have made a bigger attempt to re-sign the man that started the dynasty in Pittsburgh. One of the most awful memories that I have in my life was watching Franco Harris finish his career in a Seattle Seahawks uniform. My friend, that should never have been allowed to happen. The man should have finished his career in a Steeler uniform and he should have broken Jim Brown's career rushing record. It's a TRAVESTY that neither happened. One of the most sickening comments that ever came out of Chuck Noll's mouth was during training camp in '83 when Harris had not reported yet and when Noll was asked about his feelings on the subject, he sarcasticly replied to the media, "Franco who?" On that day I lost a lot of respect for Chuck Noll. This guy that Noll refered to as "Franco who?" damn sure made Noll look good over the eleven years Harris spent in Pittsburgh!