John Franklin III

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John Franklin III
No. 32 – Chicago Bears
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-21) September 21, 1994 (age 24)
Lüneburg, Germany
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:South Plantation
(Plantation, Florida)
College:Florida Atlantic
Florida State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

John Franklin III (born September 21, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic. He also played junior college football for East Mississippi, where he was featured prominently in the first season of Last Chance U. He was signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

College career[edit]

Before college, Franklin attended South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] Franklin redshirted the 2013 season while playing for the Florida State Seminoles.[2] The Seminoles won the 2014 BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers. He was the scout team quarterback mostly used to mirror what the Noles would deal with in Nick Marshall.[3] Franklin saw limited action in 2014. He was a member of ACC champion 4×100 relay team at Florida State.[4]

Franklin transferred to East Mississippi Community College after the 2014 season.[5] At East Mississippi, Franklin served mostly as a backup quarterback to Wyatt Roberts, as the Lions won the MACJC North title. On October 22, 2015, Franklin scored five rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown against Mississippi Delta, before the game was called off after a brawl broke out between both sides.[6] The 2015 football season was documented in the Netflix series Last Chance U in 2016.[7]

After the season, Franklin enrolled at Auburn, where he had started one game.[8] On March 8, 2017, ESPN reported he was moving to wide receiver for the 2017 season.[9] On August 15, 2017, he transferred to FAU to play for Lane Kiffin as a graduate transfer.[10]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Franklin attended the Chicago Bears rookie mini camp on a tryout basis as a defensive back.[11] On May 14, 2018, Franklin was signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent.[12] On September 1, 2018, he was waived by the Bears.[13] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 27, but was released later that day.[14] Two months later, on November 24, he returned to Chicago's practice squad.[15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bears on January 8, 2019.[16]


  1. ^ Dieter Kurtenbach (November 1, 2012). "South Plantation quarterback John Franklin commits to Florida State". www.sun-sentinel.com. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Paul Myerberg (December 30, 2014). "John Franklin III is key player for Florida State without even playing". www.usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Brendan Sonnone (May 29, 2015). "QB John Franklin is transferring from FSU". www.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Bob Ferrante (May 29, 2015). "Seminoles backup quarterback John Franklin III to transfer". www.seminole.blog.plambeachpost.com. Cox Media Group. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Safid Deen (June 17, 2015). "Former FSU QB John Franklin III will transfer to East Mississippi Community College". www.tallahassee.com. Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Fight abruptly ends EMCC-Delta game". Clarion Ledger. October 22, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Michael Niziolek (November 4, 2015). "Auburn lands JUCO transfer, former Florida St. quarterback John Franklin III". www.ledger-enquirer.com. Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Matthew Stevens (November 26, 2016). "Will quarterback John Franklin stay at Auburn?". www.montgomeryadvertiser.com. Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Greg Ostendorf (March 8, 2017). "Quarterback Jarrett Stidham off to fast start at Auburn this spring". www.espn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Matthew Stevens (August 15, 2017). "John Franklin III announces he'll transfer to Florida Atlantic". www.montgomeryadvertiser.com. Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III headlines Bears rookie minicamp roster". Bears Wire. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bears ink 'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III to rookie contract following tryout". Bears Wire. May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster". ChicagoBears.com.
  14. ^ "Bears waive John Franklin III, re-sign Jonathon Mincy". 247sports.com. September 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Eurich, Matt (November 24, 2018). "Bears add John Franklin III to practice squad". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 8, 2019). "Bears sign 10 to reserve/future contracts". ChicagoBears.com.

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