Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Starting Offense

Franco Harris
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RB: Franco Harris

Stats with Steelers: 165 GP, 11,950 rushing yards, 4.1 yards per rush, 84 total touchdowns

The Steelers have been blessed with many talented backs over the years, but none have made a bigger impact on or off the field than Franco Harris.

The legendary Harris, who we sadly lost last December, was the running back on the 70's dynasty. In 12 years with the Steelers, Harris ran for 11,950 yards and 91 touchdowns. He's fifteenth all-time in rushing yards and was the MVP of Super Bowl IX. He was also on the receiving end of one of the greatest plays in NFL history, the Immaculate Reception, which gave that 70's team their first playoff win and kicked off the dynasty.

In addition to all his accolades and honors on the field, Harris' impact off the field in Pittsburgh also carried a lot of value. He inspired thousands of Italian Americans to come together in the creation of "Franco's Italian Army", who were practically a personal cheering squad for Harris. There have been countless stories of current and former Steelers hearing from Harris during their tenure in Pittsburgh and him offering advice.

There was stiff competition for this spot on the team, with Jerome Bettis and Le'Veon Bell having great stints with the Steelers, although Bell's tenure ended on a sour note. However, when you combine Harris's impact on and off the field and everything he meant to the Steelers, the choice for starting running back is obvious.