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drizze99
01-23-2007, 10:41 AM
I just got this email and thought I would share.... (it was in caps)

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE SOLDIER'S RETURN FLIGHT TO IRAQ HE SAW A MAN GO INTO THE BATHROOM AT THE PITTSBURGH AIRPORT & THOUGHT HE RECOGNIZED HIM. WHEN THE MAN CAME OUT HE WENT OVER TO HIM & SAID 'EXCUSE ME SIR BUT ARE YOU FRANCO HARRIS?'

THE MAN REPLIED 'YES I AM' & THEN BEING SUCH A BIG STEELER FAN THAT HE IS ASKED HIM IF HE COULD HAVE A PIC OF HIM. FRANCO WAS AGREEABLE TO THIS. AFTER TAKING THE PIC THEY TALKED FOR A FEW MINUTES & HE TOLD HIM HE WAS ON HIS WAY BACK TO IRAQ . FRANCO ACKNOWLEDGED HIS SADNESS & GAVE HIM ENCOURAGEMENT & SAFE RETURN. THEY THEN SHOOK HANDS & PARTED ON THEIR WAYS... THE END OF THE STORY YOU WOULD THINK, BUT NOT SO....

YOU SEE AFTER AWHILE THE SOLDIER'S NAME WAS ANNOUNCED OVER THE LOUD SPEAKER TO COME TO THE DESK...WHICH HE DID... ONCE THERE THE LADY BEHIND THE COUNTER INFORMED HIM THAT THERE WAS AN EMPTY SEAT IN FIRST CLASS & SHE WAS GOING TO BUMP HIM UP TO THAT SEAT IF IT WAS OK WITH HIM. HE SAID HE DIDN'T CARE WHERE HE SAT IN THE PLANE AS LONG AS HE MADE IT TO ATLANTA TO CATCH THE ARMY PLANE. SO SHE INFORMED HIM THAT HE WAS NOW GOING FIRST CLASS TO ATLANTA . HE THANKED HER & WENT BACK TO TELL EVERYONE AS HE WAITED TO BOARD THE PLANE.

ONCE HE WAS SEATED ON THE PLANE HE WAS WAVING OUT THE WINDOW TO HIS DAD & PAP AS HE FELT A HAND ON HIS LEG. HE TURNED TO HIS SIDE & THERE WAS FRANCO SITTING IN THE SEAT NEXT TO HIM!!! NEEDLESS TO SAY THEY TALKED ALL THE WAY TO ATLANTA ABOUT THE STEELERS & THEN PARTED WITH FRANCO TAKING HIS ADDRESS & GIVING HIS SIGNED TICKET STUB TO THE SOLDIER AS VALIDATION OF THEIR TRIP TOGETHER. THIS WAS A TRIP NOT OF SADNESS & LONELINESS BUT ONE THIS SOLDIER WILL NEVER FORGET & WILL TALK ABOUT FOREVER THANKS TO FRANCO HARRIS. THIS ACT OF KINDNESS & GENEROSITY FROM THIS MAN IS ONE THAT WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS. IN MY OPINION, FRANCO HARRIS IS 'THE MAN OF ALL MEN'!! I WISH I COULD THANK HIM FOR MAKING A SOLDIER'S LONELY FLIGHT BACK TO WAR ONE OF HIS ULTIMATE LIFETIME EXPERIENCES THAT HE WILL TALK ABOUT FOREVER.

THANK YOU MR. FRANCO HARRIS

A SOLDIER'S AUNT

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CrimsonTideSteelersFan
01-23-2007, 10:47 AM
Thanks for posting. I don't think any other post on this forum could top that story! :thumbsup:

memphissteelergirl
01-23-2007, 11:45 AM
And you see why I recently got a throwback jersy with this man's name on it! :tt02:

Franco, you are class all the way! You rock! :jammin:

And I hope and pray this soldier comes home safely!

tony hipchest
01-23-2007, 11:55 AM
there was a similar story with cris carter a few weeks back. i cant remember if he talked about it on the radio or if peter king wrote about it.

anyways him and his brother were on a plane in 1st class, and a group of soldiers boarded and went back to coach. a gentleman in 1st class called the stewrdess and said he wanted to give up his seat to a soldier. carter looked at his brother and told him they were gonna do the same. one by one all the 1st class passengers had surendered their seat to those in uniform.

MACH1
01-23-2007, 12:06 PM
Class act all the way!!!

Carter said something about what he did on HBO's Inside the NFL. Another classy thing to do.

lamberts-lost-tooth
01-23-2007, 12:23 PM
I love classy athlete stories...thanks guys...you have made my day!

SteelerFanInCA
01-23-2007, 01:23 PM
What a great story. Thanks for posting. Franco is awesome!!!

stlrtruck
01-23-2007, 01:37 PM
When I met Franco this past December he was classy from the start to finish of our short conversation. To hear this makes me realize that Franco is more than just a star RB of the Steelers long ago but he is a Man amongst boys when it comes to his fandom and his recognition of those in this world who give more!

Great story!

nicesteel4life
01-23-2007, 03:25 PM
Great Read of a GREAT MAN! GO STEELERS and our TROOPS!

Hammer67
01-23-2007, 04:52 PM
Would you guys expect anything less from a Penn State grad??!! :jammin:

sumo
01-23-2007, 04:53 PM
I had a great experience with Franco myself -- the guy is great and this was a great post - God Bless the Troops!

iloveben7
01-23-2007, 09:46 PM
That is an incredible story!! What a great example of how classy this franchise is!!

steelersfanmx
01-23-2007, 09:46 PM
Wow... what a great story... i had the opportunity to meet Mr Franco Harris last year
in an autograph session in Mexico City.. This guy is ABSOLUTLY Fantastic...there was
a lot of fans threre.. and he spend all the time with patience, smiling, joking, shaking hands.. even my wife who is a Broncos fan exchange a few words with him...and she was
impressed with his charming...
i was so nervous that i can barely spoke some few words...like...hmm.. nnn..

Nice to meet you!!!!! LOL...


Congrats for that great experience..!:thumbsup:

floodcitygirl
01-23-2007, 10:38 PM
What a wonderful story! Franco Harris did what little he could to brighten the day and give comfort and hospitality to one of our brave men. A day I'm sure neither of them will ever forget. God's Blessings to both of them. Thanks so much for sharing this.

ThatGuy246
01-24-2007, 01:04 AM
This won't contribute much to the conversation, but I saw this and had to share my own experience. I used to do a lot of charity work with Pittsburgh-area organizations when I still lived in the area. On a few occasions, I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Harris, and I can't disagree with a single person here - he's truly a class act, and it isn't just for show.

I love hearing these stories, but I'll admit, I'm a partisan, and they're all the sweeter when the involve Stillers or individuals with Pittsburgh connections. Pro athletes play a lot bigger role in our society than most of them realize, and it's great to hear that some of them are willing to not only shoulder, but embrace that responsibility.

That said, the best of luck to the soldier involved, and all of his peers. If nothing else, tonight's State of the Union only reaffirmed that whatever the policies are, and whether you agree or disagree with them, at the end of the day, it's their courage that is the real story.

-Deej

Preacher
01-24-2007, 01:15 AM
That is what happens when we make sure we get Classy players... remember that thread... about class?

GBMelBlount
03-25-2007, 09:16 PM
This won't contribute much to the conversation, but I saw this and had to share my own experience. I used to do a lot of charity work with Pittsburgh-area organizations when I still lived in the area. On a few occasions, I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Harris, and I can't disagree with a single person here - he's truly a class act, and it isn't just for show.

I love hearing these stories, but I'll admit, I'm a partisan, and they're all the sweeter when the involve Stillers or individuals with Pittsburgh connections. Pro athletes play a lot bigger role in our society than most of them realize, and it's great to hear that some of them are willing to not only shoulder, but embrace that responsibility.

That said, the best of luck to the soldier involved, and all of his peers. If nothing else, tonight's State of the Union only reaffirmed that whatever the policies are, and whether you agree or disagree with them, at the end of the day, it's their courage that is the real story.

-Deej

Dude, you disagree with Bush, that's OK, it's a free country thank God! But your respect & support for the soldiers is admirable! Thank You! Wow, this is the best thread I have ever read. Have tears in my eyes. GB FRanco, the Steelers & America!

LambertIsGod58
03-26-2007, 06:03 PM
Franco is with a doubt one of my favorite Steelers of All-Time. I'd say probably 2nd behind Lambert. I think I've posted this pic before.....



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/Lambert58/FrancoandBryce.jpg

LambertIsGod58
03-26-2007, 06:04 PM
I probably should of added that it's my son Bryce with Franco...I'm planning on getting it autographed at some point. I hope my son will understand the honor it was.

HometownGal
03-26-2007, 06:46 PM
Franco Harris is an amazing man. I had the pleasure of working with him to raise funds for Democratic candidates in the 90's and he is a true gentleman, as well as very personable with a great sense of humor! :thumbsup: What a great story - thank you for sharing it with all of us! :cheers:

P.S. Lambert58 - Bryce is adorable! :smile:

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
03-26-2007, 07:01 PM
that post gave me the goose pimples.......FRANCO = CLASS ACT!!!! :tt02: :tt02:

DJfan
03-27-2007, 01:56 AM
Too cool.