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Former Steelers RB Frenchy Fuqua In Immaculate Reception: “You Have To Believe”

(Photo Courtesy Of Senator John Heinz History Center)

(Photo Courtesy Of Senator John Heinz History Center)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — With the Steelers playing the Oakland Raiders on Sunday 40 years removed from the Immaculate Reception, the Fan Morning Show chatted on Friday with Frenchy Fuqua, running back for that legendary 1972 Steelers team.

He’ll be in Oakland for the game this weekend, and he had some harsh words for the Raiders.

“Forty years later I can’t stand them, just as 40 years earlier I couldn’t stand them,” he said.

He explained that he’ll never let his account of that play slip off his tongue, and that the most important thing to remember is what that play meant to Steelers fans, not the specifics of how the catch transpired.

“I’ll never tell. I will take it to the grave with me,” he said. “I believe that certain things you have to believe in… Now, how that happened, what changes went through, the ball bouncing here- it doesn’t make a difference.

“I don’t think anything with technology today could tell what happened on that play,” he added. “I get the cringes when I think about it.”

He also reminisced about a conversation he later had with Jack Tatum, who was playing safety for the Raiders at the time. The two shared a laugh about the play.

“He said, ‘Yeah, y’all cheated… I don’t know Frenchy, the one thing I was trying to do was tear your head off.’

All that and more from this special interview can be heard here:

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