Pete Harris (American football)

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Pete Harris
Penn State Nittany Lions
Position Defensive back
Career history
College Penn State (1978)
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-04-07)April 7, 1957
Place of birth Mount Holly Township, New Jersey
Date of death August 9, 2006(2006-08-09) (aged 49)
Place of death West Palm Beach, Florida
Career highlights and awards
  • All-American (1978)

Piero "Pete" Harris (April 7, 1957 – August 9, 2006) was an American football player.


One of nine children, Harris grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey and played high school football at Rancocas Valley Regional High School.[1] He was named an All-American safety at Penn State University in 1978, when he led the nation with 10 interceptions. He is the younger brother of running back Franco Harris.

Harris died in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2006. At the time of his death, he was executive chef at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


  1. ^ Staff. "Posluszny held in high regard, Some compare the linebacker, recovering from a knee injury, to Penn State's best.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13, 2006. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Paterno said he'd been informed that Pete Harris, the Mount Holly native who was an all-American safety at Penn State in 1978 and the brother of Nittany Lions legend Franco Harris, died recently."

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