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February 7, 1990 | By William D. Smith, Special to The Inquirer
Football legend Franco Harris, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Jan. 27, will have to wait another six years before he will be eligible for the all-sports hall of fame at his own alma mater, Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly. According to Rancocas Valley athletic director Carmen Cella, who coached Harris in baseball, the school will induct athletes who were part of the 1962 graduating class in June. The hall of fame was started in 1979 when sports figures from the Classes of 1938 to 1942 were inducted.
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November 30, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Franco Harris' football career landed the former Rancocas Valley star in the Hall of Fame. It began with some tough practices during his freshman season. "That was a rude awakening," Harris said Thursday. "I never really played football as a youngster. I was more of a baseball-basketball guy. " Harris will return to Rancocas Valley on Friday to be honored as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance. Harris will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the trophy case at Rancocas Valley, where he was an All-South Jersey running back and 1969 graduate.
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November 30, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Franco Harris' football career landed the former Rancocas Valley star in the Hall of Fame. It began with some tough practices during his freshman season. "That was a rude awakening," Harris said Thursday. "I never really played football as a youngster. I was more of a baseball-basketball guy. " Harris will return to Rancocas Valley on Friday to be honored as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance. Harris will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the trophy case at Rancocas Valley, where he was an All-South Jersey running back and 1969 graduate.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Franco Harris hears what some call him: dead-ender, die-hard, excuse-maker. Fifteen months ago, when the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees fired coach Joe Paterno, Harris was among the first of Paterno's former players to stand up for him. "Why did they fire Joe? There was no evidence," the pro football Hall of Famer asked then - and asks now. Now, the former Pittsburgh Steeler has been joined by 15,000 Penn State alumni in a group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship.
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January 27, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 200 Pennsylvania State University alumni turned out on a snowy Friday night in King of Prussia to support an effort to restore Joe Paterno's reputation in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. The gathering at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge was organized and partly financed by pro football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris, who played for Paterno. Applauded by the crowd, Harris argued that "Joe did the right thing" in handling the scandal and that the Penn State board rushed to judgment in firing him after charges were filed against Sandusky in late 2011.
SPORTS
August 31, 1988 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
His repertoire includes neither blazing speed nor amazing cuts, but Seattle's Steve Largent soon could latch onto three things that no other active wide receiver in the NFL has. Namely, the league records for yards receiving in a career, for touchdown receptions in a career and for games in which he has compiled more than 100 yards receiving. Largent, who enters his 13th season with the Seahawks, has 12,041 yards receiving. He needs only 106 more yards to replace Charlie Joiner as the NFL record-holder.
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October 6, 1986 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Central High fumbled on the Episcopal Academy 3-yard line in the third period of Friday afternoon's nonleague football game, it turned out to be a mistake the Lancers would pay for . . . over and over and over again. In a drive that lasted 14 plays, covered 97 yards, and devoured most of the quarter, the Churchmen made Central rue that costly fumble as Episcopal eventually scored what turned out to be the insurance touchdown in a 17-3 win. The victory gave the Churchmen a 2-1 record, while Central is 1-1. Ironically, Central had taken possession of the ball at the outset of the second half on a bad pitchout by Episcopal's Chad Croasdale.
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November 25, 1994 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kingsway safety Mike McCloskey had three interceptions in the Dragons' 18-7 nonleague football victory at frigid Penns Grove yesterday, but the junior had to share the spotlight with record-setting running back Gary Fauntleroy. Fauntleroy became the leading rusher in South Jersey history as his 30- carry, 145-yard performance gave him 4,787 career rushing yards on 533 attempts. The old career rushing record was held by Clayton's Rob Marshall, who had 4,701 yards in a career that ended in 1991.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was perhaps the most routine meeting of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal broke in November 2011. The board reviewed a $2.7 billion capital spending plan, agreed to ask the state for a 5.1 percent increase in funding, listened to plans for a tuition hike averaging 2.85 percent, upgraded its nursing school to a college, and discussed a slight uptick in applications, among other items. But there were two sharp reminders that it was still not business as usual at the state's flagship university.
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January 3, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
AT THE foundation of many recent successful NFL teams is a good defense and triplets on offense. A steady quarterback, a workhorse at running back and a dangerous wide receiver give opposing defenses fits and usually fill up the franchise trophy case. While it's quite premature to include the Eagles' key skill-position players among the great triplets, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun and looking at some of the most triumphant triumvirates in the Super Bowl era: 1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-82 QB: Terry Bradshaw (Drafted 1st overall, 1970)
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September 23, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was perhaps the most routine meeting of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal broke in November 2011. The board reviewed a $2.7 billion capital spending plan, agreed to ask the state for a 5.1 percent increase in funding, listened to plans for a tuition hike averaging 2.85 percent, upgraded its nursing school to a college, and discussed a slight uptick in applications, among other items. But there were two sharp reminders that it was still not business as usual at the state's flagship university.
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September 14, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Dave Robinson played on some of the most famous teams in football history, including the first two Super Bowl champions. He'll always have a special place in his heart for those Green Bay Packers teams and the man he called his "Italian father," legendary coach Vince Lombardi. But Robinson, a 72-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer, doesn't need to recall his time in the NFL's Title Town of the 1960s or even his sensational career at Penn State to summon up some of his best memories of the sport.
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September 12, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vvella@philly.com, 215-854-2513
T OM HANKS holds the fate of a man in his hands. It's up to him to decide whether the guy walks free or spends time behind bars. The pressure's on. This week, Hanks stars in . . . jury duty. In a revelation that proves that movie stars are bound to the same civic duties as us common schlubs, TMZ reported yesterday that the star of "Cast Away" is on a 12-member panel of men and women for an intense domestic-violence case. Courtroom sources tell the website that the Oscar winner is doing a bang-up job, taking copious notes and listening intently to each witness.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Franco Harris hears what some call him: dead-ender, die-hard, excuse-maker. Fifteen months ago, when the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees fired coach Joe Paterno, Harris was among the first of Paterno's former players to stand up for him. "Why did they fire Joe? There was no evidence," the pro football Hall of Famer asked then - and asks now. Now, the former Pittsburgh Steeler has been joined by 15,000 Penn State alumni in a group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship.
NEWS
January 27, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 200 Pennsylvania State University alumni turned out on a snowy Friday night in King of Prussia to support an effort to restore Joe Paterno's reputation in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. The gathering at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge was organized and partly financed by pro football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris, who played for Paterno. Applauded by the crowd, Harris argued that "Joe did the right thing" in handling the scandal and that the Penn State board rushed to judgment in firing him after charges were filed against Sandusky in late 2011.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Franco Harris' football career landed the former Rancocas Valley star in the Hall of Fame. It began with some tough practices during his freshman season. "That was a rude awakening," Harris said Thursday. "I never really played football as a youngster. I was more of a baseball-basketball guy. " Harris will return to Rancocas Valley on Friday to be honored as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance. Harris will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the trophy case at Rancocas Valley, where he was an All-South Jersey running back and 1969 graduate.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Franco Harris' football career landed the former Rancocas Valley star in the Hall of Fame. It began with some tough practices during his freshman season. "That was a rude awakening," Harris said Thursday. "I never really played football as a youngster. I was more of a baseball-basketball guy. " Harris will return to Rancocas Valley on Friday to be honored as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance. Harris will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the trophy case at Rancocas Valley, where he was an All-South Jersey running back and 1969 graduate.
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November 17, 2011 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Franco Harris wants answers. Harris is disappointed in the Penn State board of trustees' decision to fire longtime football coach Joe Paterno and has been publicly voicing his opinion to reinstate his former coach. "He's done so much for this university," said Harris, who played for the Nittany Lions from 1969 to '71 before enjoying a Hall of Fame pro career, primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "[The board] didn't give him the dignity and the decency of three more games after 61 years.
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