Pittsburgh, PA – Franco Harris (HDR)

Football season is now over and congrats to the New Orleans Saints on winning the Super Bowl!    A great game and a new champion in 2010!   They have taken the throne away from the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers.   If you ever travel into or out of Pittsburgh, PA via the airport, you will find this great replica of Franco Harris (of the Pittsburgh Steelers).  The statue is in honor of the Immaculate Reception.

Some info from the web:   The Immaculate Reception is the nickname given to one of the most famous plays in the history of American football. It occurred in the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1972. Late in the game, after Frenchy Fuqua, a Pittsburgh half back, collided with Raiders Safety Jack Tatum as he tried to make a catch, Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris caught the deflected football just before it hit the ground, and ran in for a touchdown that won the game for the Steelers.  NFL Films has chosen it as the greatest play of all time, as well as the most controversial. The play was a turning point for the Steelers, who reversed four decades of futility with their first playoff win ever, and went on to win four Super Bowls by the end of the decade.

I will hopefully be back in the Burgh in the summer….see you then Franco!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 31.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix