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‘Franco Harris: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, December 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“Franco was the heart and soul of our team. When Franco arrived, we became the Pittsburgh Steelers.” – Joe Greene

The 11th season of the Emmy-nominated and highly acclaimed NFL Films-produced series A Football Life continues Friday, December 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris. Premiering on the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, the one-hour show features sit-down interviews with Harris, former teammates such as Terry BradshawJoe Greene and Jack Ham, and others.

Among the topics discussed in Franco Harris: A Football Life include:

  • Growing up in Mount Holly, New Jersey before starring at Penn State
  • Being a surprise first round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he initially struggled before breaking out and winning 1972 Rookie of the Year
  • Catching the Immaculate Reception, the greatest play in NFL history, to start the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynasty
  • Winning four Super Bowls and establishing himself as one of the greatest running backs ever
  • Working in his local community of Pittsburgh throughout his career where he won NFL Man of the Year and later helped to restore the famous Crawford Grill

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Franco Harris: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:

  • Franco Harris
  • Terry Bradshaw – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback & Pittsburgh Steelers teammate
  • Joe Greene – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle & Pittsburgh Steelers teammate
  • Rocky Bleier– Four Time Super Bowl Champion and Pittsburgh Steelers teammate
  • Lydell Mitchell– Former All-Pro running back & Penn State teammate
  • Phi Villapiano– Super Bowl XI Champion and former Oakland Raiders linebacker
  • Jack Ham  Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker & Pittsburgh Steelers teammate
  • Mel Blount – Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback & Pittsburgh Steelers teammate
  • Najee Harris – Pittsburgh Steelers running back
  • Errol “Mobutu” Reynolds – Crawford Grill Musician
  • Dwayne Dolphin – Crawford Grill Musician
  • Dr. Nelson Harrison – Crawford Grill Musician

Provided below are some select quotes from Franco Harris: A Football Life:

– “Franco was the heart and soul of our team. When Franco arrived, we became the Pittsburgh Steelers.” – Joe Greene

– “Franco is a legend. You’re going to be remembered by the games and the moments you had, just like we’re still talking about the Immaculate Reception to this day.” – Najee Harris

– “Sports were an opportunity for a lot of people who didn’t have a lot of opportunities. Getting a football scholarship changed my whole world.”  – Franco Harris

– “If I was one step later, if I was one step faster, it never would have happened. The timing was just immaculate.'” – Franco Harris on catching the Immaculate Reception

– “He had so many different styles of running, like a good musician. He would be running and it might look like a piano player, but then when he hit the line it might sound like a drum. He was poetry in motion and he was music to the ear.” – Mel Blount on Harris’ running style

– “My teammates were men of character, with a lot of heart and soul. This is the team that I belonged to, a team that will live forever. ” – Franco Harris during his 1990 Pro Football Hall of Fame speech

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Below is a broadcast schedule for remaining episodes of A Football Life this season:

  • January 13 – 1972 Miami Dolphins


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