Fans rage on ‘pathetic’ NFL Network for Franco Harris tribute commercial break

NFL fans were stunned on Christmas Eve when they tuned in to watch the planned tributes for the late Franco Harris, only to have the NFL Network go to a commercial break in the middle of the ceremony.

Harris died aged 72 earlier this week – the cause of death has not been released. The original plan was for him to be at the ceremony on Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers retired his No. 32 jersey on the 50th anniversary of his ‘immaculate reception’ – one of the most iconic catches in the league. NFL history.

After his death, Saturday’s game and the ceremony itself took on a far more meaningful meaning – not that fans watching on TV can sense the sincerity of the coverage.

“WAAAITTTT….no no no no no,” wrote one fan. ‘Why is NFL Network cutting during the tribute to Franco Harris in the stadium??’

Fans were stunned when NFL Network took a commercial break during the Franco Harris memorial ceremony hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night

Harris died earlier this week at the age of 72 - days before the ceremony in his honor

Harris died earlier this week at the age of 72 – days before the ceremony in his honor

Another viewer was more upset, writing, “Absolutely pathetic job of NFL Network moving to commercial during Franco Harris tribute.”

Another fan said: ‘Shame on you for not letting us see the Franco Harris video’.

“Cutting in the commercials was absolutely disrespectful to Franco and the Pittsburgh family. I’m not a Pittsburgh fan, but I really wanted to see the tribute video. Where the hell is your holiday spirit?

Most fans felt it was an unpleasant decision to show the ads at such a sensitive time.

“Shame on you NFL Netwotk for cutting into ad as Steelers pay tribute to Franco Harris!” Should have shown all the fans the tribute! If you need more commercials, find them another time,” another angry fan said.

‘Do you really have to not show the Franco Harris tribute video and instead show us commercials that nobody cares about? I guess Franco doesn’t make you money like ads do. SMH’ another said.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Harris stands next to a status of himself Sept. 12, 2019, at Pittsburgh International Airport near Pittsburgh.  Harris died on Wednesday morning December 21, 2022 at the age of 72, just two days before The Immaculate Reception's 50th anniversary

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Harris stands next to a status of himself Sept. 12, 2019, at Pittsburgh International Airport near Pittsburgh. Harris died on Wednesday morning December 21, 2022 at the age of 72, just two days before The Immaculate Reception’s 50th anniversary

During the ceremony that fans watching on TV couldn’t see at halftime, Steelers president Art Rooney II officially retired his number and released a tribute video featuring a certain number of Harris teammates.

“The big man was supposed to be standing right here next to me,” Rooney said at the ceremony. “But I want to thank Dana and Dok for being here tonight, for sharing Franco with us for the past 50 years.

“It has been said, ‘Life will bring you sorrow, but it is up to us to bring joy. Franco brought us joy for 50 years.

“So, in recognition of his many contributions, both on and off the pitch, I have the honor to declare the No.32 officially retired.”

“Franco was the heart and soul of our team. When Franco came along, we became the Pittsburgh Steelers,’ Hall of Famer ‘Mean’ Joe Greene said in a tribute to Harris.

“It all went through Franco,” Bradshaw added in this video presentation. “A transfer, I look at it and I’m like ‘wow, this guy is special. “‘

“He’s a quintessential team player. It wasn’t about how many yards he had gained, all he cared about was winning,” Hall of Famer Jack Ham said. fame.

Harris’ wife Dana and son Dok were on the court for the ceremony, which took place at halftime against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Earlier in the day, fans paid their respects to Harris on the 50th anniversary of the capture by laying flowers at the Immaculate Reception Memorial at Acrisure Stadium.

A plush football is placed at the Immaculate Reception Memorial outside Acrisure Stadium in North Pittsburgh in memory of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris.

A plush football is placed at the Immaculate Reception Memorial outside Acrisure Stadium in North Pittsburgh in memory of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris.

Flowers and dreadful towels are placed at the Immaculate Reception Memorial outside Acrisure Stadium, north Pittsburgh, in memory of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris

Flowers and dreadful towels are placed at the Immaculate Reception Memorial outside Acrisure Stadium, north Pittsburgh, in memory of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris

“My dad had such a personal relationship with so many people, the city, this country, all over the world. And a lot of people are hurting and a lot of people are grieving, and they’re really all family,’ Franco’s son Dok Harris told ESPN earlier.

“It is almost impossible to understand that he could give so much to so many people personally.

‘People [have been] telling me stories of how they met him in 1977, 1987 or 1991. It was important to them and it made a difference in their lives. And that’s really the beauty of my dad, really a very blessed soul who really tried to help everyone.

The Steelers players all wore jerseys bearing the number 32 as a tribute to Harris as they warmed up ahead of Saturday’s late game against the Raiders.

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