Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris (32) eludes a tackle by Oakland Raider Jimmy Warren as he runs 42 yards for a touchdown after catching a deflected pass during an
AFC Divisional NFL playoff game in Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, 1972. Mr. Harris died Wednesday morning, Dec. 21, 2022, at age 72, just two days before the 50th anniversary of “The Immaculate Reception.”
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The ball fluttered in the air and all but one of the 22 players on the Three Rivers Stadium turf on that cold December day 50 years ago essentially stopped. Franco Harris never did.