A bronze footprint on a sidewalk, and an impressive granite monument, mark the exact spot of the most famous football catch in Pittsburgh history. On December 23, 1972, the Pittsburgh Steelers were down by a point against the Oakland Raiders. It was 4th and 10 at the Steelers' 40 yard line with only 22 seconds left in the game. Terry Bradshaw threw the ball downfield and the intended receiver and the man covering him crashed into each other. Franco Harris was in the vicinity and was able to catch the ball -- quickly dubbed "The Immaculate Reception" -- then ran it in for the winning touchdown, giving the Steelers their first playoff victory. The stadium where this took place was demolished in 2001, but you can still stand on the exact spot where the famous reception occurred. A circular plaque with Harris' footprint on it, now part of a sidewalk in front of a parking lot, marks the hallowed spot.
Neat monument to visit just off the main path! Preserving an important Steelers catch!
And anything with a pun is a touchdown for me!
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Immaculate Reception Monument
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