2. Franco Harris
The Jerry Rice saga was weird, but at least a moment stood out. The Franco Harris era in Seattle was just bizarre without any positivities. Everything about it was just sad. Harris asked for a pay raise from the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the 1984 season. Harris was the team’s star, and he was closing in on Jim Brown’s rushing record. However, the Steelers balked at the request and released Harris instead of dealing with a holdout.
Harris signed with the Seattle Seahawks. It hit the NFL by storm. The Seahawks were a relatively new franchise with very few stars to its name. This city was desperate for stars, and one of football’s biggest chose to go there willingly. He was doing it with a chance to beat one of the biggest records in the league.
Harris was terrible with the Seahawks. Despite being 362 yards away from the rushing record, he failed pretty spectacularly to reach it. He finished the season with just 170 yards. Despite being so close to Brown’s record, he still retired after the season. The side-by-side fight with Walter Payton wasn’t enough to push him to keep playing football.
Harris became the first Seattle Seahawks player inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s a strange honor, but everything about this is strange.