The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold a ceremony to unveil a Franco Harris jersey display prior to Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. (90 minutes before kickoff) in the Fed Ex Great Hall located inside Acrisure Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to watch the ceremony by entering via Ticketmaster B Gate.
Harris, a Hall of Fame running back who spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, passed away a day before the Steelers officially retired his jersey at halftime of the team’s victory over the Las Vegas Raiders this past Christmas Eve. Harris’ wife, Dana, and son, Dok, will be present at Saturday’s ceremony and will also serve as honorary captains.
The Steelers recently added an exhibit inside their Hall of Honor honoring the three Steelers who have had their jerseys retired: Harris, former teammate Joe Greene and Ernie Stautner, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who played for the team from 1950-63.
One of the most influential players in franchise history, Harris’ accomplishments with the Steelers includes winning the 1972 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Super Bowl IX MVP and nine consecutive Pro Bowl selections. Harris is also the Super Bowl’s career rushing leader and remains the Steelers’ franchise career leader with 12,120 rushing yards and 91 rushing touchdowns. He added an additional 1,556 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in 19 postseason games and was a force in each of Pittsburgh’s four Super Bowl wins from 1974-79.
Harris’ impact in Pittsburgh goes beyond awards and stats, however. His breakout rookie season propelled Pittsburgh to its first-ever division crown. His “Immaculate Reception” in that year’s divisional playoff game over the Raiders resulted in the franchise’s first playoff win.
“My rookie year was an incredible year,” Harris told CBS Sports in 2021. “That year, [Steelers fans] went crazy. Franco’s…