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Franco Harris, 35, Reluctantly Retires

August 30, 1985|From Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Franco Harris, unsigned and unwanted despite 13 seasons as one of pro football's top running backs, is finally becoming resigned to retirement.

Harris, 35, was willing to sign with another National Football League team this season after being released last year by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks. He worked out extensively in the off-season, but his agent, Bart Beier, could find no interested teams.

"There wasn't that much interest, really," Harris said. "We tried to call a few teams. Nothing materialized. So you go on.

"I have no regrets. I was ready to play this year. I worked hard. I thought I might get a shot with one team and it didn't happen.

"There comes a time in life when you say, 'Hey, I'm not going to just hang on.' I'm definitely not hanging on to it."

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