James Franklin, Penn State athletics release statement on Franco Harris' passing
James Franklin, the Penn State community and the football world as a whole are mourning the loss of a legendary figure.
Early Wednesday morning, it was announced that Penn State product and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris had passed away. Best known for the “immaculate reception,” Harris was 72 at the time of his death.
Franklin and the Penn State athletic department recognized and honored Harris’ accomplishments on Wednesday:
“Our thoughts are with Franco Harris’ wife, Dana, and we send our deepest condolences to his entire family, his friends, the Steelers organization and all whose lives were impacted by Franco,” said Franklin via press release. “His professional career and accomplishments speak for itself as a Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl Champion and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, but it was his toughness and team-first approach as a Nittany Lion that will long be remembered by Penn Staters. Franco was a true steward of the Blue & White and he will be sorely missed.”
AD Pat Kraft also addressed the legacy of the Hall of Fame RB:
“As a child growing up in the Midwest, Franco Harris was a legendary figure, who I was always enamored with,” said Kraft. “When I was blessed to join the Penn State family earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to get to know Franco and his wife, Dana, very well. They have been so gracious with their kindness and support. Franco was known for his grit and unrelenting style on the field but his compassion, warmth, generosity off the field will leave a lasting impression on me. I am heartbroken for all who loved him. We have lost a true legend and friend.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Harris family.