The NFL Community is receiving criticism for its protection — or lack thereof — of Franco Harris’ jersey retirement ceremony at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday.
The community had talked about the ceremony at size within the days and hours main as much as the ceremony, which came about throughout halftime of Pittsburgh’s dwelling recreation vs. the Raiders. The occasion took on even higher significance contemplating it was the fiftieth anniversary of his legendary “Immaculate Reception” and occurred simply days following his loss of life on the age of 72. NFLN even produced the ‘Franco Harris: A Soccer Life’ TV particular forward of the video games, halftime tributes.;
So, when the NFL and NFLN made such an effort to verify folks knew in regards to the tribute and the anniversary, it got here as a shock to many when the community reduce away to business throughout the ceremony.
The NFL Community confirmed solely a portion of the ceremony, which included members of the 1972 group. Proprietor Artwork Rooney II directed the followers in attendance to take a look at the video board, which was to indicate a video honoring Harris’ Corridor of Fame profession with the Steelers.
Simply because the video was starting enjoying, nevertheless, the NFL Community reduce away to business. By the point the community got here again to the sport, the video had concluded, offended leaving followers all around the nation.
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Viewers noticed the Franco Harris jersey retirement ceremony. However when a video tribute was performed at Acrisure Stadium, the NFL Community went business. pic.twitter.com/lqHGwRteLm
— Terrible Saying (@awfulannouncing) December 25, 2022
Here is a short snippet as Harris’ jersey was formally retired:
An emotional second in Pittsburgh as Franco Harris’ #32 jersey is formally retired. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cpbufU6qgG
— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2022
That wasn’t sufficient for myriad followers who needed to look at the memorial for one of many iconic Steelers gamers in franchise historical past:
WAAAIITTT… no no no no no no
Why is NFL Community slicing to interrupt throughout the Franco Harris tribute in-stadium?? 😞
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) December 25, 2022
NFL community not exhibiting the Steelers tribute video to Franco Harris is completely legal
— sam (@sammontrose22) December 25, 2022
very bizarre to say it a number of occasions, run segments on it after which reduce to business when the tribute really occurs https://t.co/vURSTX7ara
— Arif Hasan, however NFL 🏈 (@ArifHasanNFL) December 25, 2022
Actually upset that NFL Community reduce away from the Franco Harris tribute video tonight throughout the Steelers-Raiders recreation… hoping to see it someplace
— Madison Williams (@madisonwsports) December 25, 2022
@nflnetwork Complete lack of sophistication to not present all the halftime present retirement of Franco’s quantity which included a video. However, we did not get to see it. NO CLASS!
— pjmpoet (@pjmpoet) December 25, 2022
Thanks NFL Community for giving us a freaking Lowes business as an alternative of the Franco tribute.
— JeffSmith (@JeffSmithButler) December 25, 2022
— Connie Carberg (@ConnieScouts) December 25, 2022
— Doreen Puryear Gant (@dlpgant) December 25, 2022
actually @nflnetwork, you are gonna reduce away from the Steelers feed and never present the tribute to folks at dwelling ?! WTF
— Nico Tomacelli (@NicoTomacelli) December 25, 2022
— Kyle Harlow (@Kyle_Harlow) December 25, 2022
a business once they had been about to indicate Franco’s tribute video on the large display screen? wtf
— alex (@highlghtheaven) December 25, 2022