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Franco Harris To Announce Pittsburgh Steelers Second Round Pick At 2011 NFL Draft


I may be disappointed with the NFL for the ongoing lockout mess, but I have to hand it to the league -- it keeps finding unique and interesting ways to keep my interest piqued. As someone who writes about the Pittsburgh Steelers year round, I am obviously excited about the 2011 NFL Draft, which is set to begin next Thursday night. I don't necessarily need anything to make me any more interested than I already am. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised to learn on Thursday that the 32 NFL legends will announce the second round picks on Friday evening. In a press release, the NFL explained the premise:

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The National Football League announced that 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will announce live on Friday every selection of the second round.  This will mark the first time in NFL Draft history every selection in a round has been announced by former players.

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Very cool, if for no other reason than that it will be great to see somebody other than Commissioner Goodell announcing the newest addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers family.

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So, who will be the Steelers alum announcing the team's second round pick? None other than Franco Harris, the immensely popular former running back. Harris is a great choice for obvious reasons. If the league opts to do any sort of tribute to Harris and the other alums selected to announce the picks, I'm sure they'll show the Immaculate Reception. Hopefully there will be time for that kind of thing while we wait for the second round picks to be announced. Should be fun! 

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You can check out the full list of former greats that will be on hand at Radio City Music Hall to participate in next Friday night's festivities.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.