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Franco Harris, Hall of Fame Steelers running back dies at 72 | CBS Sports HQ

Franco Harris, whose “Immaculate Reception” was a highlight in a decorated Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, has died, CBS Pittsburgh confirmed with the family. He was 72.

Franco Harris appeared completely normal during a photo opportunity with fans on Tuesday … with reporter Brooke Pryor saying the legend couldn’t have been nicer as a family posed with Franco in front of his statue at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Franco Harris — a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the most legendary Pittsburgh Steelers of all time — has died … his family announced Wednesday.

He was 72 years old.

A cause of death has yet to be revealed … though the Harris family said he passed away overnight.

“The entire team at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is immensely saddened today,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said Wednesday morning in a statement.

“We have lost an incredible football player, an incredible ambassador to the Hall and, most importantly, we have lost one of the finest gentlemen anyone will ever meet. Franco not only impacted the game of football, but he also affected the lives of many, many people in profoundly positive ways.”

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