For the journalist, see Jonathan Franklin.
Johnathan Franklin
Franklin with UCLA in 2012
No. 23     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 2013)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (2012)
Rushes     19
Rushing yards     107
Rushing TDs     1
Stats at

Johnathan A. Franklin (born October 23, 1989) is a former American football running back who played one season in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, earning first-team All-American honors while setting a school record for career yards rushing. After suffering a serious neck injury in his rookie season with Green Bay, he announced his retirement from the NFL in 2014.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Franklin graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School of the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a high school football player, Franklin was named first-team all-city as a running back and was a third-team selection as a cornerback. He was also named Coliseum League Player of the Year.[2]

In addition to football, he also ran track and field. He ran a personal best time of 11.01 seconds in the 100 meters.[3]

He was also a cast member of the reality television series Baldwin Hills.

College careerEdit

Franklin received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played for the UCLA Bruins football team from 2009 to 2012. During the 2010 season, Franklin had a career-high of 30 carries for 216 yards in a game against Washington State. He scored three touchdowns against Houston. Franklin averaged 5.4 yards per carry for a total 1127 yards 8 touchdowns during 2010. His longest rushing attempt was 55 yards.

Franklin had 976 yards on the ground and 74 receiving yards in the Bruins' Pac-12 South Division Championship year. In the 2012 season opener against Rice, Franklin ran for 214 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns.[4] He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on September 3, 2012. At the team's home opener win over No. 16 ranked Nebraska, Franklin rushed for 217 yards for an average of 8.3 yards per carry, which placed him at 7th place of the UCLA rushing record list. He was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week again and was the nation's leading rusher with an average of 215.5 yards per game.

On November 3, 2012, he surpassed Gaston Green's 3,731-yard career record at UCLA in a 66-10 victory against Arizona at the Rose Bowl on Homecoming Day. It was broken when he ran for 37 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Franklin was voted second best running back in the nation in the Doak Walker Award, finishing just behind Montee Ball of Wisconsin.[5]

During the 2012 season, Franklin played in 13 games and rushed 268 times for 1,734 yards for 13 touchdowns, averaging 133.4 yards per game. His longest run was 78 yards and he had 2058 all purpose yards for an average of 158.3 yards per game, enough to lead the Bruins to the Pac-12 South Division Championship. He finished his UCLA career with 4,403 yards rushing.[6]


Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yards Yds/Att Long TD Yds/G Rec Yards Yds/Rec Long TD Yds/G
2009 UCLA 13 126 566 4.5 74 5 43.5 6 57 9.5 15 0 4.4
2010 UCLA 12 214 1,127 5.3 59 8 93.9 10 63 6.3 18 0 5.3
2011 UCLA 14 166 976 5.9 40 5 69.7 9 74 8.2 24 1 5.3
2012 UCLA 13 269 1,734 6.1 78 13 130.8 32 319 10.0 40 2 24.5
Career 52 774 4,403 5.7 78 31 84.0 57 513 9.0 40 3 9.9

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 10 in 205 lb 4.49 s 4.31 s 6.89 s 31.5 in 9 ft 7 in 18 rep 21[7]

Franklin was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round, with the 125th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.

In the Week 3 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, Franklin rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown, but had a fumble that was returned for the game-winning touchdown. He suffered a severe neck injury in the Week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was put on injured reserve on November 27, 2013.[9] On June 19, 2014, Packers Head coach, Mike McCarthy announced that Franklin would not return with the Packers for the 2014 season.[10] That same day Franklin announced his retirement from football.[1] Doctors told him that one hit could paralyze him from the neck down.[6] The Packers officially released him the following day.[11] In his only season in the NFL, Franklin played a total of eleven games.

Post-playing careerEdit

After Franklin announced his retirement from professional football, he began an internship in the front offices of the Packer organization. He now works within sales and business development, as well as community outreach and the media department.[12] “I love this game of football. It hurts and it bothers me, but I know God has something better for me,” Franklin has said about transitioning from a football player to a businessman.

In December 2014, Franklin was hired by the University of Notre Dame as an administrator for student welfare and development. He will develop community outreach programs and workshops for the school's student-athletes. Franklin will also lead the student-athlete bible study.[13]

Since 2017, Franklin has worked for the Los Angeles Rams in Community and External Relations.[6] He helps run skill and 7-on-7 camps, professional etiquette classes and financial literacy sessions for Los Angeles youth. [14]

In 2018, Johnathan appeared on Love Connection with Andy Cohen, in search for the love of his life.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wilkening, Mike (June 19, 2014). "Johnathan Franklin confirms he won’t play in 2014 and likely beyond". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. No. 23 Johnathan Franklin Script error,, 2012
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. Johnathan Franklin runs for 214 yards, 3 TDs in UCLA's rout, Associated Press via ESPN, December 30, 2012
  5. Franklin Finishes Second in Voting for Doak Walker Award Script error,, December 6, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Whicker, Mark (December 23, 2017). "Johnathan Franklin, bringing it all back home for Rams". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017.
  7. "2013 Green Bay Packers draft picks". April 27, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  8. "Jonathan Franklin Combine Results". Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  9. Gantt, Darin (November 27, 2013). "Packers put Johnathan Franklin on injured reserve". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  10. Hanzus, Dan (June 19, 2014). "Johnathan Franklin won't return to Packers due to neck injury". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  11. "Packers release RB Johnathan Franklin". June 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  12. Ketchman, Vic. "Johnathan Franklin ready for the next phase of his life". Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  13. Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin hired by Notre Dame
  14. "Johnathan Franklin Keeps the Rams in the Community".

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