History was re-visited on Saturday afternoon when the Steelers’ celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception by unveiling a monument on the exact spot where the iconic play took place.
The Immaculate Reception, which occurred on Dec. 23, 1972 in a 13-7 win against the Oakland Raiders, has been selected the greatest play in NFL history by NFL Films and Franco Harris and Frenchy Fuqua, two of the key components in the play, were on hand for the unveiling.
“It makes me feel good and hopefully it will make everybody feel good,” said Harris of seeing the monument., located just outside of Stage AE on General Robinson Street. “ I smile when I think about it. What makes you feel better is we know all of the great years that were to follow. That brings a bigger smile to your face looking at the next 39 years.”
Steelers’ President Art Rooney II, Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and many of Harris and Fuqua’s teammates were on hand for the celebration, which will continue at halftime of the Steelers-Bengals game on Sunday.
“Its great to have this mark the spot where the reception happened because it’s such a great part of Steelers history,” said Harris. “They did a great job.
“When I hear (Steelers’ radio play-by-play commentator) Jack Fleming make that call it still brings goose bumps. I just love it when he says ‘hold on to your hats.’ So much happened with that play, the emotions afterwards. Everything surrounding it….it was a great day, still is a great feeling and all of the excitement surrounding it.”