Reggie Harrison

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Reggie Harrison
Date of birth: (1951-01-09) January 9, 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth: Somerville, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 9 / Pick: 215
As player:
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers
Career stats
Playing stats at

The former Reggie Harrison (born January 9, 1951 in Somerville, New Jersey) was a professional American football running back for four seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals. In 2000, he changed his name to Kamal Ali Salaam-El in an effort to embrace his Moorish Heritage.[1]


He is best remembered for blocking Mitch Hoopes' punt in the fourth quarter Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys. The ball went through the end zone for a safety, cutting the Cowboy lead to 10-9. The Steelers went on to win 21-17. He is also well known for being the road roommate of Frenchy Fuqua during his career with the Steelers. The two remain close friends to this day.

Harrison was the Steelers' only healthy running back when the team met the Oakland Raiders in the 1976 AFC championship game. He ran for 44 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers lost to the Raiders 24-7.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 29, 2013, "'Their Life's Work': The game’s impact on the 1970s Steelers' bodies and brains"