Tuesday, December 6, 2005

33 Years Later Franco Harris Still Receptive To Discussing ‘Immaculate Reception’

HARRISBURG, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s been nearly 33 years since Franco Harris made the “immaculate reception” for the Pittsburgh Steelers but he relives the moment nearly every day.

He admits he doesn’t “think about it all the time” but says it usually comes up in conversation when he meets someone.

The play – which occurred when a football thrown by the Steelers quarterback hit Oakland Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum before landing in Harris’ arms, who then ran it for a touchdown – is one of football’s most famous plays.

In fact, it ranks at No. 17 in The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments, a week-long special airing this week on TVLand.

Despite reliving the moment for more than 30 years, Harris still finds it hard to explain why he’s so he’s happy that “TV captured it” – especially since it happened during the Steelers’ first playoff game after years of being the NFL’s worst team.

But while Harris constantly relives the “immaculate reception,” he’s not living in the past. He currently runs a company that makes nutritional doughnuts, breads and muffins that will be appearing in grocery stores starting next spring.

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