The unexpected passing of Franco Harris leading up to the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Immaculate Reception and the retirement of his number 32 jersey left a profound impact on the entire city of Pittsburgh.
Franco Harris left an indelible mark on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city of Pittsburgh, football fans everywhere and the authors of Immaculate: How the Steelers Saved Pittsburgh
. As great as he was on the field, he arguably left a bigger mark off the field. #rememberingfranco
Naming a favorite Steelers player of all time can be difficult. For Ray Hartjen, co-author of Immaculate: How the Steelers Saved Pittsburgh
, it's a player who rose to fame using an alias.
For a native Texan growing up in the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Steelers were villains, crushing the Super Bowl dreams of both the Cowboys and the Oilers.
During the editing process in writing Immaculate: How the Steelers Saved Pittsburgh, several stories were "lost" in an attempt to tighten up the manuscript. Here's the story of Pittsburgh's iconic Iron City Beer.
In the spirit of giving back and being the change, all the writers' profits from Immaculate: How the Steelers Saved Pittsburgh are being donated to cancer charities, primarily the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Read more about the story behind the book.
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