Franco Harris –
NFL RB, Steeler, mulatto.
March 7, 1950 – December 20, 2022.
Aged 72 years.
Most recognized for: Aside from being the guy that caught “The Immaculate Reception,” Franco was no slouch in the world of football. 9 Pro Bowls, 8 1000-yard seasons, NFL Man of the Year (’76), Rookie of the Year (’72), and 4 Super Bowl rings. He was also the first African American as well as the first Italian American to be named Super Bowl MVP. But less than a week from when he’d see his jersey retired at an Xmas Eve halftime ceremony, Franco opted to ride the pine. The pine box, that is.