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SLP2000060309-03 JUNE 2000- ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, claps during ceremonies for the Faces of America quest, at the foot of the Gatewway Arch, June 3. Harris rode his bike some of the way as others- some starting in Boston and the other half beginning in San Francisco- rode bikes, wheelchairs and inlines skates, for 22 days to promote the capabilities of those with disabilities. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is a former American football player. He played his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

In the 1972 NFL Draft he was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall. His selection by the team was considered controversial at the time, as many thought the team would select his Penn State teammate, Lydell Mitchell. (Mitchell was later selected by the Baltimore Colts in the draft.) He played his first 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers; his 13th and final year (1984) was spent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Harris was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey. His father is an African-American man who served in World War II; his mother was a "war bride" from Italy. Harris went to Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, and then attended Penn State University. While playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Harris served primarily as a blocker for the Nittany Lions' All-American running back Lydell Mitchell.

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