Reggie Harrison

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Reggie Harrison
No. 32, 46
Date of birth (1951-01-09) January 9, 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth Somerville, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Cincinnati
NFL Draft 1974 / Round: 9 / Pick: 215
Career history
As player
1974
1974-1977
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers
Career stats

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]

Notoriety[edit]

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.

Harrison grew up in Arlington, Va., where he starred as a running back for Washington-Lee High School. In the final traditional "Old Oaken Bucket" game against Alexandria, Va. rival George Washington High School, he scored six touchdowns. Graduating in 1969, he played at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the NFL in 1974.

References[edit]

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

Falls Church News-Press, Aug. 29, 2012, "Our Man in Arlington," column by Charlie Clark.