Franco Harris

Harris attends the 2015 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2015 in New York City. photo by Debby Wong/

Date of Birth: March 7, 1950

Place of Birth: Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: December 20, 2022

Place of Death: Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.

*African-American (father)
*Italian (mother)

Franco Harris was an American professional football player. A running back, he spent his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Franco was the son of Gina and Cadillac/Cad Harris. His father was from Bolton, Mississippi. His mother was born in Pietrasanta, Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

Franco’s paternal grandfather was Albert Harris (the son of Cad Harris and Jane Kelsky).

Franco’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Jane Smith/McDonald.

Franco’s maternal grandfather was named Nello Parenti.

Franco’s maternal grandmother was named Virginia.

Sources: Genealogy of Franco Harris –

Obituary of Franco Harris –

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