It is with deep sorrow that multiple reports confirm the passing of NFL legend and Steelers icon, Franco Harris at age 72.

For over a decade, Harris served as Pittsburgh’s powerhouse fullback from the 1970s to the early 80s and managed to rack up four Super Bowl wins along with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His accomplishments also included being selected for nine Pro Bowl appearances while claiming NFL’s rushing touchdown leader title in 1976.

The late Franco Harris will be remembered most prominently for the legendary “Immaculate Reception” in 1972, where he caught a pass from Terry Bradshaw that appeared to bounce off of a Raiders defender and ran it into the endzone for a game-winning touchdown. This remarkable feat took place two days before its 50th anniversary on Saturday – the same day as when the Steelers and Raiders are facing each other once again.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of legendary Steelers RB Franco Harris, remembered fondly for his iconic “Immaculate Reception” which will remain one of the most memorable plays in NFL history. He was 72 years old.

A four-time Super Bowl champion, a Hall of Fame inductee, and an admired figure to many; these are credentials possessed by one remarkable individual.

This Saturday, Harris was slated to become the third NFL player in Pittsburgh Steeler’s history whose number will be retired following Joe Greene and Ernie Stautner.

The cause of death is yet to be determined.