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Pro Footballl Hall of Famer Franco Harris will be in York later this week.

The former Penn State Nittany Lion and Pittsburgh Steeler running back will take part in Penn State York’s ninth annual clay shoot on Thursday, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The event takes place at Central Penn Sporting Clays (CPSC) in Wellsville.

Other PSU celebrities to appear at the clay shoot in recent years are John Cappelletti, Cael Sanderson and Blair Thomas.

Harris, a high school All-American, headed to college at Penn State in 1969. He became a three-year letterman in football, rushing for 2,002 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In 1972, Harris was picked in the first round of the NFL draft with the 13th overall selection by the Steelers. He ended up playing 12 of his 13 seasons in the NFL with the Steelers. Harris is most known for his “Immaculate Reception,” when he caught the winning pass to give Pittsburgh its first playoff win over the Oakland Raiders. He played in Pittsburgh until 1983, and then played his final year with the Seattle Seahawks. He rushed for 12,120 career yards and 91 touchdowns. He retired from football in 1985 and was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

In recent years, Harris has become best known for his strong and continued support for longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in 2011 after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal emerged. Harris played for Paterno while at Penn State.

The shoot: Thursday's shoot benefits Penn State York student-athletes. Last year the event raised $15,000. Money raised will be used to help teams purchase new equipment, experience preseason training opportunities and pay for additional travel expenses for postseason play.

The schedule for the day includes clinics for novice shooters, registration, flurry, archery and lunch. Following an afternoon of shooting, Harris will share a few words at a tailgate event. Harris will not be signing autographs during the event.

Sponsorships are still available for businesses. For more information on the event, visit york.psu.edu/clayshoot, call (717) 718-6781, or email iona@psu.edu.

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