Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field following the Steelers 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII on January 21, 1979 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ross Lewis/Getty Images)

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Franco Harris passed away Tuesday, he was 72. No cause of death was reported.

Harris’ passing comes two days before the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, the play that turned the Steelers into a perennial NFL powerhouse in the 1970s.

The Steelers were to retire his number 32 jersey this coming Saturday when the Steelers played host to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Harris ran for 12,120 yards and won four Super Bowl rings during his career with the Steelers dynasty. He was the face of an era in Pittsburgh along with names like Terry Bradsahw, Lynn Swan, Mean Joe Greene, and Jack Lambert.

Reaction to Harris’ sudden passing took social media by storm.

  • Deeply Saddening

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  • Heartbreaking

  • Remembering Where they Were

  • A kind Soul

  • Lost One of the Greats

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