Franco Harris : What did die from | When did die

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers, has died. Check out what did he die from.

Franco Harris : What did die from | When did die

In his first season with the Steelers (1972), Harris was named the league’s Rookie of the Year by both The Sporting News and United Press International. In that season he gained 1,055 yards on 188 carries, with a 5.6 yards per carry average. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns and caught four touchdown passes.

Franco Harris : What did die from | When did die

He was popular with Pittsburgh’s large Italian-American population: his fans, including “Brigadier General” Frank Sinatra, dubbed themselves “Franco’s Italian Army” and wore army helmets with his number on them.

Harris was chosen for 9 consecutive Pro Bowls (1972–1980), and was All-Pro in 1977.[9] Harris rushed for more than 1,000 yards in eight seasons, breaking a record set by Jim Brown.

What did Franco Harris die from 

Sources confirmed to Pittsburgh Action News 4, that Franco Harris, the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Famer died of natural causes at the age of 72, a few days before the 50th anniversary of Immaculate reception.


Tributes to Harris poured in on social media Wednesday morning.

Franco Harris : What did die from | When did die

“Franco Harris was so much more than just one play,” ESPN’s Mike Greenberg tweeted. “He was one of the great backs of his time, or any time, and the heartbeat of the offense of those legendary #Steelers teams. He was also as classy a gentleman as you could ever hope to meet. RIP Franco, thanks for the memories.”

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jay Costa offered his tribute.

“Franco’s legacy in our community will be forever one of joy, victory, and pride in the Steel City,” Costa tweeted. “Rest well, my friend.”

And from former NFL head coach Tony Dungy:

“Woke up this morning to the devastating news that my friend Franco Harris passed away during the night. One of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever known,” Dungy said. “He was a great person & great teammate. Hall of Fame player but so much more than that. A tremendous role model for me!”

When did die 

Harris died on December 20, 2022, three days before the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception”, at the age of 72.

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