Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers running back, known for his “immaculate” catch in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Oakland Raiders in 1972, died at the age of 72. 

This news comes two days before the 50th anniversary celebration of Immaculate Reception at Acrisure Stadium.

Harris’s son, Dok Harris broke out the news of his father’s death, revealing that he died overnight. No clear reason of Death was given. 

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Who is Franco “Dok” Harris? 

Franco Dokmanovich Harris, the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, who goes by the name of “Dok”, is a Northside native. Growing up in West North Avenue in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, Harris attended St Peter’s for kindergarten and later Sewickley Academy, where he was on the university tennis and wrestling teams. He refrained from an on-the-field spotlight, even though the university had a football team. 

Harris majored in political science from Princeton University, with a focus on Global economy. He later moved to University of Pittsburgh School of Law and to Carnegie Mellon University for his M.B.A. 

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At Princeton, he enjoyed a celebrity-like status as he hosted shows on Princeton’s TV station. Alongside entertainment, Harris was also an inventor, he collaborated with Pittsburgh neurosurgeons during his second year at CMU to create NeuroLife Noninvasive Solutions, a device that could be used to measure brain pressure. 

He also won the Global Moot Corp. Competition in 2006, owing to his inventor spirit. A part of the price was the opportunity to ring the bell of NASDAQ. He was named Entrepreneur of the year by Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and a CALI Leader for the Future Award Winner in Business Planning and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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Harris worked in creation design at SimpleMem Technologies, a Shadyside-based start-up company. 

He joined his family business Super Bakery Inc. in 2008,  dealing in quality bakery products. 

Harris entered politics in 2009, when he contested in the 2009 Pittsburgh Mayoral Election as an independent candidate, finishing second after securing 25% of the vote.