Steelers retire Franco Harris' No. 32 during emotional halftime ceremony days after Hall of Famer's death
That's how Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II prefaced Saturday evening's
bittersweet jersey retirement ceremony for franchise icon Franco Harris.
The Hall of Fame running back, whose "Immaculate Reception" launched a dynasty 50 years ago this week died Tuesday
at the age of 72, just days before he was set to be honored, along with his 1972 Steelers teammates,
and become just the third member of the franchise to have his number retired.
Harris' death cast a pall over a week that was supposed to be a warm celebration of his career and an iconic Steelers moment.
Still, in frigid temperatures at halftime of Pittsburgh's 13-10 comeback
win over the Raiders at Acrisure Stadium, Harris' family