American Football Database
Jeff Francis
No. 13     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth: Park Ridge, Illinois
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 140
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Los Angeles Raiders ( 1989)*
Career highlights and awards
TD–INT     0–0
Passing yards     26
Passer Rating     118.7
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Jeffrey Lee Francis (born July 7, 1966) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1989 NFL Draft and also played for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Tennessee.

Early years

Francis attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois. [1]

College career

Francis played quarterback for Johnny Majors at the University of Tennessee from 1985 to 1988, starting from 1987 to 1988.[2] He was the starting quarterback for Tennessee in the 1988 Peach Bowl, which the Volunteers won 27–22 over the Indiana Hoosiers.[3] He was Tennessee's all-time leader in pass completions and passing yards at the time of his graduation.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Year School Conf Pos Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1985 Tennessee SEC QB 14 20 70.0 172 8.6 7.4 1 1 148.7
1986 Tennessee SEC QB 150 233 64.4 1,946 8.4 8.0 9 6 142.1
1987 Tennessee SEC QB 121 201 60.2 1,512 7.5 6.5 8 8 128.6
1988 Tennessee SEC QB 191 314 60.8 2,237 7.1 6.4 13 11 127.3
Career Tennessee 476 768 62.0 5,867 7.6 6.9 31 26 132.7

Professional career

Francis was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft and spent his rookie season on the Raiders' development roster.[5][6] He was waived by the Raiders on September 4, 1990.[7] On October 11, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns and placed on the practice squad.[8] Francis was activated by the Browns before their December 23 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in that game, completing two passes for 26 yards.[9]

Francis spent the 1991 season on injured reserve and was cut by the Browns on August 25, 1992. He was re-signed by Cleveland on September 23 when backup Todd Philcox went on the injured reserve.[10] He was again waived by the Browns on October 1.[11]

Personal life

Francis spent time as sideline reporter for the Vol Network starting in 2007. He resigned from the job to spend more time with his family, including coaching his sons’ football teams.[12] In addition, he now is senior vice president and financial consultant with Pinnacle Asset Management.[13]


  1. "No Argument: Tennessee Qb Comes To Play" (in en). tribunedigital-chicagotribune.
  2. "Jeff Francis College Stats" (in en).
  3. "Peach Bowl" (in en).
  4. "Tennessee Volunteers Passing" (in en).
  5. "FOR THE RECORD". September 10, 1989.
  6. "1989 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  7. "Transactions" (in en). New York Times.
  8. "Thursday, December 20, 1990". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.,6012970&dq=jeff+francis%3C/ref%3E.
  9. "Jeff Francis 1990 Game Log" (in en).
  10. "Transactions" (in en). New York Times.
  11. "TRANSACTIONS" (in en). New York Times.
  12. Williams, Steve. "Jeff Francis chose coaching over reporting football" (in en-US). The Knoxville Focus.
  13. "Jeff Francis - Pinnacle Financial Partners".