MIKE TOMLIN made a rare live TV appearance during game week to pay tribute to an icon.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach appeared on Thursday’s Good Morning Football Show.
It was only two days before his team faced the Oakland Raiders in a game intended to honor Franco Harris.
But the Steelers icon sadly passed away this week at the age of 72.
Harris was part of four teams that won the Super Bowl with Pittsburgh and is also one of the most legendary players in history.
The former running back was part of The Immaculate Reception, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend.
And Harris should be honored during the NFL showdown between the Steelers and Raiders on Christmas Eve.
Tomlin took time out from his prep to pay tribute to the Hall of Famer.
The Steelers coach said: “At first I was incredulous.
“I was in my car in front of the facility in the parking lot and scanned some emails before entering the building yesterday morning.
“I got the message and I had to sit here and collect myself for a few minutes.”
Tomlin added: “The heart he had for people. How patient he was. How generous he was with his time and space. What a life he led and what experiences he had here in Pennsylvania.”
“I know he really embraced that and shared that joy with people. I will always remember him for that.
“The overall spirit and time he’s had with other people is inspiring.”
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