Tales of Formation

Franco's Italian Army Command Staff

Franco's Italian Army Command Staff, 1972

Throughout Harris’ breakout season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Franco’s Italian Army became infamous for its antics in the stands and on the field. Ceaselessly waving flags and chanting cheers, the army would grow to include hundreds of members.

As Harris racked up impressive numbers on the gridiron, the army deployed various tactics to support the Steelers.  Most outrageously, the army's generals successfully orchestrated a parade around the field in a military Jeep and a truck with a 105 mm howitzer in tow, all in support of their generalissimo, Franco Harris. 

Listen as one the founding generals, Al Vento, recounts the roots of Franco's Italian Army.

Franco's Italian Army
Tales of Formation