Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NFL lineman Orlando Franklin retires to spend time with family after time in prayer

Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin announced over Instagram on Saturday that he is retiring from the NFL so he can focus on being a father.

Franklin, 30, who was released from the Washington Redskins on May 3, said in the post that he spoke with God, his family and his agent before calling it a career.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and god bless.

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The Denver Broncos selected Franklin in the second round of the 2011 draft with the 46th overall pick. Starting at right tackle, he played in Super Bowl XLVIII where the Broncos fell to the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. In his fourth season, he made the move to left guard, a position he would play for the rest of his career.

After four seasons with the Broncos, he signed a five-year contract as a free agent with the Chargers, but was released after two years. In October 2017, he signed with the Redskins, appearing in just one game.

A model of consistency, Franklin started 89 of the 90 games he played in during his seven-year career.

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