The Seattle Seahawks this weekend say goodbye to Curt Warner and hello to Franco Harris.
Harris, a bulldozing 34-year-old running back, is attempting to break Jimmy Brown's all-time NFL rushing record. He signed with Seattle Wednesday and will start against San Diego Sunday.
The former Penn State star fills in for the injured Warner, another Nittany Lion alumnus who helped Seattle to its first playoff berth last season. Warner is out for the season following knee surgery.
During his 12 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris gained 11,950 yards rushing and is only 363 yards short of breaking Brown's record of 12,312.
With his ability to grind out 100 yards a game, Harris could possibly shatter the mark after his third game with the Seahawks.
'Franco gives us all the experience and leadership back there,' said General Manager Mike McCormack. 'Just by his presence on the football field, he'll be helping the offenisve linemen.'
Seattle and San Diego have 1-0 records, the Seahawks ripping Cleveland 33-0 last weekend on quarterback Dave Krieg's three touchdown passes, and the Chargers rapping Minnesota 42-13.
On another front, the Dallas Cowboys bolstered their receiving corps by signing former Philadelphia Eagle great Harold Carmichael and ex-Canadian Football Leaguer Waddell Smith. The acquisitions came in time to alleviate the absence of injuried wide reciever Tony Hill, who separated his shoulder in Monday's 20-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Dallas faces the New York Giants, who edged Philadelphia 28-27 last Sunday as Phil Simms threw for four touchdowns. Dallas rookie qurterback Gary Hogeboom started ahead of Danny White against the Rams and responded with a club-record 33 completions.
The New York Jets met Pittsburgh Thursday night.
In other Sunday games, it's Indianapolis at Houston, Kansas City at Cincinnati, New England at Miami, Detroit at Atlanta, Minnesota at Philadelphia, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Buffalo at St. Louis, Cleveland at the Los Angeles Rams, Denver at Chicago and Green Bay at the Los Angeles Raiders. Washington plays in San Francisco Monday night.