Franco Harris will announce Steelers #2 pick

The night before the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the first-round in 1972, Franco Harris had a dream. He dreamt it was the Steelers who drafted him, but when he woke from it, he wasn't happy.

"The night before the draft was when it hit me I was going to be drafted," said Harris. "I didn't know what people thought of me. I had no information at all. I didn't want to be drafted by Pittsburgh or Green Bay and I dreamt that night I was drafted by Pittsburgh.

"I was in my apartment by myself and got a phone call that I was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. I couldn't believe it. The main reason I didn't want to go there was I just had four years at Penn State and I wanted to see more of the country and I was thinking about warm weather teams then. But I got the call it was the Steelers and it was just a three-hour drive down the road."

And the rest as they say is history. Harris went on to help lead the Steelers to four Super Bowls during his Hall of Fame career, with the Immaculate Reception keeping him in the minds of football fans all across the NFL forever.

Now, Harris is hoping to see another player the Steelers draft achieve that same type of success. Harris will be one of 32 NFL greats who will announce their former team's second-round selection during the NFL Draft on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall.

"It is pretty exciting," said Harris. "I want them to make me look good on the stage. I want that second round pick to be a heck of a pick. I will be the one introducing him to the world and there will be a bond.

"I was always proud to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. What we built in the '70s will last forever. It never tapered off and continues today. It makes me feel good and I am so proud to be able to do this."

Following the NFL greats will be some true American heroes on the stage, as members of the United States Armed Forces from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the Wounded Warrior Project will be honored on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. In addition, one member of the military will announce a third-round draft pick.

On Saturday the NFL is reaching out to fans to make draft picks, and for Steelers season ticket holder Richard Korczynski of Natrona Heights, Pa., it will be a perfect birthday celebration. Korczynski, who has had season tickets since 1971, turns 70 on Friday and then announces the Steelers fourth-round selection on Saturday from Radio City Music Hall.

"I got a call from (Director of Football Operations) Kevin Colbert and he offered me the opportunity to announce the fourth round pick," said Korczynski. "I had to pinch myself. I didn't know if I was dreaming or it was the real thing. It was very exciting.

"I called my kids. They were in awe. They couldn't believe it. They thought I was pulling their leg. It's quite an honor. It's a dream come true. To attend the draft is an honor. To be up there and announce the Steelers fourth-round draft pick is just awesome."

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