The flags at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton are flying at half mast today. Our beloved NFL alum brother Franco Harris is dead.
“Our NFL Alumni family has lost one of its most iconic members,“ says Alumni CEO Brad Edwards. “He was a treasured Pro Football Hall of Fame hero, but he also was a gentleman, a loving husband, and a hard-working businessman. Franco was a terrific ambassador for the Steelers, the league, and NFL Alumni… always available to help us whenever our office contacted him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Dana and his entire family.”
The Steelers are scheduled to play the Raiders this Saturday in Pittsburgh and mark the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception. The Steelers had already announced that Franco’s number 32 jersey is to be retired at halftime. It is only the third retired number in team history; Joe Greene’s jersey number 75 was retired in 2014 and Ernie Stautner’s number 70 retired in 1964.