Franco Harris: 'I Did Not Want To Come To Pittsburgh'

Cook and Joe Show

Joe Kapp
April 22, 2020 - 4:25 pm
Franco Harris

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As many think the Steelers could be looking at a Running Back with the 49th pick in the NFL Draft on Friday, former Hall of Fame Running Back Franco Harris told the Cook and Joe Show that he didn’t want to be drafted by the Steelers in 1972.

“I did not want to come to Pittsburgh, that was the big thing.” Harris said. “That was last on my list."

But the Steelers did select him with the 13th overall pick in that 1972 draft. 

"And when I got that call 'congratulations you’re drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Harris remembered, “it was like nooooooooooo, I can’t believe this.”

Having played his college football at Penn State he wanted to explore other areas of the country rather than driving a couple of hours down the road but his worst fear happened.

Harris said he wanted to go to Miami or LA, not Pittsburgh, “But wow, did it work out okay.”

It did work out for him and the Steelers as Harris won 4 Super Bowls here, a 9 time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl MVP(IX), First-team All-Pro (1977),    NFL Man of the Year (1976), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1972), NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1976), NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team. 

Not bad for a guy who had the Steelers at the bottom of his list.

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