John Frank (defensive End)
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John Frank Defensive End
John Frank
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1974-07-01) July 1, 1974 (age 46)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
  • Skyline HS (UT) (2005)
    (Co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach)
  • Dixie State (2006-2007)
    (Defensive line/strength and conditioning coach)
  • Utah (2009)
    (Graduate assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John Frank (born July 1, 1974) is a former gridiron football defensive end. After playing college football for Utah, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2002, and for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2005.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Frank was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. In mini-camp, he suffered a knee injury that prevented him from participating through June 2000.[1] He signed a three-year, $900,000 contract with the team on July 11, 2000, that included a $63,000 signing bonus.[2] On July 16, he reported to training camp with the rest of the Eagles' rookies, but did not show up to practice the next day. On July 18, he announced his retirement from football for personal reasons,[3] and returned his signing bonus to the team.[4] He was projected to see significant playing time with the Eagles at defensive end in 2000 before his retirement.[5] He told his mother a couple days later that he was considering a return to football.[6] He spent the rest of the year working at an advertising agency and as a musician.[7]

After the 2000 season, Frank agreed to return to the Eagles and was reinstated to the roster on March 6, 2001. He also received his original signing bonus back for returning.[8] During training camp, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was asked about Frank's progress during the offseason, and he said "Just that he's here."[9] Frank was waived during final roster cuts on September 2, 2001,[10] but re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 4.[11] He spent the entire 2001 season on the Eagles' practice squad.[12] During an in-season practice, he was hit in the neck and a magnetic resonance imaging examination found a benign tumor in his throat that required surgery.[13]

New York Jets

Frank signed with the New York Jets after the 2001 season, but was waived before training camp on May 7, 2002, due to a failed physical exam related to his throat surgery.[14][13]

Ottawa Renegades

Frank signed with the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League in August 2002. He recorded a sack in his first professional game on September 22, 2002.[13] He played in four games during the 2002 season.[15]

New York Giants

Frank signed with the New York Giants on May 7, 2003.[12] He was waived during the first round of roster cuts on August 25, 2003.[16]

Arena Football League

Frank was signed by the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League on December 27, 2004.[17] He was waived on March 9, 2005.[18] He was claimed off waivers by the Georgia Force on March 14,[19] and the Rattlers re-acquired him through a trade for Justin Taplin on March 16.[20] He was placed on the injured reserve list by the Rattlers on April 1, 2005.[21] He became a free agent following the season on September 14, 2005.[22]

Coaching career

Frank was the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for Skyline High School in Salt Lake City in 2005. He was hired as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach for Dixie State College from 2006 to 2007.[23] He was a defensive graduate assistant coach with the Utah Utes football team in 2009.[24][23]


  1. ^ Sheridan, Phil (July 17, 2000). "Draft pick a no-show at practice". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019 – via
  2. ^ "John Frank Signs With Eagles". July 11, 2000. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Blockus, Gary R. (July 19, 2000). "Frankly, Eagles are Disappointed". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Franks leaves Eagles, friends in dark". The Sentinel. July 20, 2000. Retrieved 2019 – via
  5. ^ Sheridan, Phil (July 28, 2001). "Frank, a year later, likes his second chance with Eagles". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Frank may be reconsidering an NFL career". July 20, 2000. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Noonan, Kevin (August 9, 2001). "Birds give former draft pick a second chance". The News Journal. Retrieved 2019 – via
  8. ^ Sheridan, Phil (March 1, 2001). "Eagles, Trotter beginning contract dance". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019 – via
  9. ^ O'Rourke, Larry (August 30, 2001). "Reid plans to give his starters brief workouts only tonight". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2019 – via
  10. ^ Sheridan, Phil (September 3, 2001). "Eagles' ax cuts down Jefferson, 7 others". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019 – via
  11. ^ "Cowboys expected to sign Ryan Leaf". The York Dispatch. September 5, 2001. Retrieved 2019 – via
  12. ^ a b Schwartz, Paul (May 8, 2003). "Giants Hope Frank Can Cut Mustard". Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Sekeres, Matthew (September 24, 2002). "Frank can't sing the blues". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2019 – via
  14. ^ "Transactions". May 8, 2002. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "John Frank". Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Giants cut 12 including two seventh round draft picks". August 25, 2003. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Rattlers Ink John Frank". December 27, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Transactions". March 11, 2005. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "Georgia Force Team Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Arizona Rattlers game notes". March 16, 2005. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Team Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "2006 AFL free agent list released". August 22, 2005. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ a b "John Frank". Archived from the original on May 20, 2013.
  24. ^ Donaldson, Amy (January 1, 2019). "Former Ute John Frank takes mantle from his father in supporting Utah football in San Diego". Retrieved 2019.

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