Franco Harris, Mt. Holly Pro Day Honoree


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Franco Harris was one of the first athletes honored by Mt. Holly Pro Day

Born on March 7, 1950 in New Jersey, Franco attended Rancocas Valley High School (RVRHS) in Mt. Holly where he was a star running back for Coach Bill Gordon.  His talent earned him an athletic scholarship to Penn State where he played for legendary Coach Joe Paterno.

Pittsburgh SteelersHarris was a 1st round draft pick (13th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1972, uniform #32.  His selection by the team was considered controversial at the time, as many thought the team would select his Penn State teammate, Lydell Mitchell.

Franco provided big-back power to the Steelers offense.  He had his own cheering section, Franco's Italian Army, and is immortalized in NFL film for his Immaculate Reception. The Heinz History Center, home of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, installed a life-size statue of Harris recreating this incredible catch in the grand concourse of Pittsburgh International Airport.

Franco's NFL awards and achievements include...

  • All-pro, 1977 
  • All-AFC three times
  • In eight Pro Bowls
  • MVP in Super Bowl IX, 158 yards rushing
  • Rushed 1,000 yards nine seasons, 
    100 yards, 47 games

Franco Harris, #32 of the Pittsburgh SteelersHis career record includes...

  • 12,120 yards 
  • 91 TDs rushing
  • 2,287 yards
  • 9 TDs receiving
  • 14,622 combined net yards
  • 1,556 yards rushing in 19 post-season games

Today, Franco is a successful business man, owner of Super Bakery, Inc. and Parks Sausage Company.

He has always been very active in supporting Mt. Holly youth programs and Mt. Holly Pro Day.

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