The Immaculate Reception: The play that changed a city
The Steelers' Franco Harris, right, eludes a tackle attempt by the Raiders' Jimmy Warren on the way to scoring on a play known as the "Immaculate Reception."
The Steelers made several draft picks in the early 1970s that produced Hall of Fame talent. Among them was the popular Franco Harris, who inspired his own army and had an immediate impact carrying the ball.
Former Steeler player Frenchy Fuqua talks about the immaculate reception.
Jim Baker, who ended up with the ball from the Immaculate Reception, poses with the ball at the Heinz History Center on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Photo of "The Immaculate Reception" by Franco Harris. (Photo property of, and courtesy of The Pittsburgh Steelers. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Franco Harris makes his way through the chaos at Three Rivers Stadium turf in the aftermath of the Immaculate Reception.
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The Steelers have opened their 80th season, and the 40th since the Immaculate Reception, that one remarkable play many believe was one of the best in the history of the NFL.
It neatly divided the team's fortunes into the woeful 40 years before, and the championship years after.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has embarked on a season-long look back at that play and its impact on the city and the team. Look for a story in each Sunday's Sports section revisiting that moment from the point of view of players from the Steelers and the Raiders, as well as fans and team officials, culminating in coverage on Dec. 23, the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.
Sept. 30: Mike Wagner: Despair, and then ...
Oct. 14: Barry Pearson: Steelers receiver came away from 'The Play' with a great story to tell
Dec. 16: Terry Bradshaw
First Published September 18, 2012 12:00 am