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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: John Franklin, DE, Stephen F. Austin

What is your name?

John Franklin

What is your Height/Weight?

6’4 290

What is your position?

Defensive End

Where do you play college football?

Stephen F. Austin

Where are you from?

Greenville Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

Jadeveon Clowney, I like the way he hustles to the ball and chases ball carriers down.

Who was your favorite teacher?

My High school English teachers

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Played basketball and ran Track

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Halapoulivaati Vaitai “Big V” Offensive tackle for TCU and now the Eagles

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Shaquille Anderson, Defensive Tackle/Nose

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Allen Iverson by Don Trip

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Calais Campbell, we are about the same size, both are physical and deceptively fast.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

My Grandma passing away. My teammates and coaches helped me a lot and also I used it as motivation to play for her going forward

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I just listen to Don Trip before every game

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My junior year, I long armed the offensive tackle to the grind and got a sack.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Read to troubled kids at the elementary school.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

New York Giants

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My Grandma, My Grandpa, and Don Trip

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