Pittsburgh Steelers dream roster of Super Bowl era: Running Backs

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Franco Harris

Years with Steelers: 1972-1983

There were a lot of good options to take on the role of lead back, but ultimately it is the immortal Franco Harris who is set to lead the charge. While he was considered a FB back in the ’70s, he ran the ball like a traditional RB and has the size of a traditional RB. There isn’t much that can be said about Harris that isn’t already known. He had big-play ability and a workhorse attitude.

The biggest issue with his game, and the reason he earned the lead back status over anyone else, is that Harris would avoid contact. Instead of lowering his shoulder and trying to pick up the extra yards, he would shift out of bounds. While this could prove an issue as a power back, the self-preservation could be beneficial as a lead back. This isn’t to say he never ran into contact, but given the choice, he would shy away from it which could lead to better health as a lead back.

Finally, Harris has the ability to catch the ball. While not the best aspect of his game, he did have 306 receptions during his career. He also was famously involved with the greatest catch in the history of the game, proving he has what it takes to make the big play when presented with the opportunity. His style of running and all-around ability makes him the clear choice to be the starting RB.