Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Franco Harris

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Chuck Noll who coached the Steelers to four Super Bowls and nine AFC Central Division Championships in 23 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of the key players  for these great coaches and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.

Franco Harris 

At 6–foot–2, 225 pounds, Franco Harris was a large punishing back who was key to the Steelers’ offense for more than a decade.  In many ways, he personified Steelers toughness on offense.  He gained over 1,000 yards rushing in his first year with the Steelers and gained over 1,000 yards rushing 12 years later in his last year with the team.  He was present during the key Steelers years and beyond to give the team the added rushing dimension.  Any team that tried to key on the pass paid the price.