Currently alive, at 68 years of age.
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1950 – He was born on the 7th day of March this year in Fort Dix, New Jersey. His father, who was African-American, met his Italian mother in Italy at the end of World War II. Harris went to Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and then attended Penn State University.
1972 – In this year’s NFL draft, he was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall. He played his first 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers. In his first season with the Steelers, he was named the league’s rookie of the year by both The Sporting News and United Press International.
1975 – He was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl IX; in that game he rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries for a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
1977 – Harris became an All-Pro in this year
1984 – His 13th and final year was spent with the Seattle Seahawks.
1990 – He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in this year.
1999 – He was ranked number 83 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
2006 – Franco Harris made a celebrity appearance in this year’s Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He is now the owner of Super Bakery, Inc., and recently purchased the failing Parks Sausage Company, the first publicly held black-owned business in the United States.