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Steelers honor Immaculate Reception

Franco Harris (left) and Frenchy Fuqua are there for the festivities.
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Franco Harris and former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates ignored chilly conditions Saturday during a ceremony unveiling a monument on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.

At a tent adjacent to Heinz Field on Saturday, the monument was unveiled at the exact site of Harris' famous touchdown catch at Three Rivers Stadium on the final play of a 13-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an AFC playoff game on Dec. 23, 1972.

''Isn't this beautiful, guys?'' Harris said to the festive crowd. ''That play really represents our teams of the `70s.''

It was a defining moment in the NFL and sparked the Steelers to a run of four Super Bowl titles from 1972-79. They went on to win two more in 2006 and `09.

It is the third monument commissioned by the Heinz History Center acknowledging the Immaculate Reception. The others include life-size statues of Harris making his catch at Pittsburgh International Airport and at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

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