NFL legend Franco Harris talks to area students

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The player that made the Immaculate Reception hoped he made an immaculate message Saturday morning to a group of area middle school students.

NFL legend Franco Harris was the keynote speaker at the "Teens & Health 'n Cyberspace" conference. Harris' message was that of eating better.

"This generation today, might be, and I use the word might be, the first generation that will be less healthy and not outlive their parents and that's very disturbing," Harris told Sports Overtime. "Cause one thing you don't want to do as a country, we don't want to go backwards."

After a hall of fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris founded a company, Super Bakery, in 1990 to produce nutrition-oriented foods for school children. The business was renamed to RSuper Foods in 2006.

Harris played for the Steelers from 1972-1893. During that time he won four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection.

His "Immaculate Reception" in a 1972 divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders is one of the most famous plays in NFL history.

Click on the video link above to watch WVLT's complete interview with Franco Harris.


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