This is going to be a fun episode. I can still remember trying to pry Franco Harris with a beer and trying to get him to admit the ball hit “Frenchy Fuqua”. Don’t forget our own article on The Immaculate Reception from July of 2011. https://taylorblitztimes.com/2011/07/30/the-immaculate-receptionbefore-there-were-hail-marys/
Before he was the President of NFL Films, Steve Sabol was a cinematographer. And he was at the Immaculate Reception game, capturing sideline sound. Here for the first time, is what he captured.
When the play happened, the Raiders seemed destined for certain victory. It was fourth down, there were only 22 seconds remaining and the Steelers had stalled on their own 40-yard-line. Steve positioned himself on the Raiders sidelines, over the shoulder of Oakland’s Hall of Fame Tackle, Art Shell, hoping to capture the exultant reaction of the Silver & Black. Pay attention for two things – in the upper left-hand corner, you can see the collision between Tatum and Fuqua. Also listen to the roar of the crowd. Stephen J. Dubner, in his account of his childhood deification of Franco Harris, Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper ,described it this way: “It sounded as though fifty thousand people had been…
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