Over draft weekend, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to meet one of my Dad’s favorite players (and mine too), 9-time Pro-Bowler Franco Harris.
During the second round on Friday, former first round picks from each team made the selections at the podium. Â Franco Harris announced the Steelers selection of Â offensive tackle from Florida, Marcus Gilbert, a good friend and former teammate of Pouncey’s.
But in my family, we sleep, eat and breathe not just Steelers football, but Penn State football as well. Franco covers all bases.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s also considered one of the League’s best running backs of all time and certainly one of the Steelers best players ever.
He won 4 Super Bowls, played in five AFC championship games, rushed for 1,000 yards a year 8 times, and rushed for 100 yards per game 47 times. Â During his rookie year in 1972, Franco won the NFL AP Rookie of the Year Award. He was a nine time pro-bowler, and in 1974 he won the NFL Super Bowl MVP and in 1976, he won the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.
What a pleasure to meet an NFL great.
Same night and I get to the W and I also get to meet the Steelers QB Charlie Batch. Good night in the city, eh?