John Franklin III
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John Franklin III

John Franklin III
No. 43 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-21) September 21, 1994 (age 25)
Plantation, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:South Plantation
(Plantation, Florida)
College:Florida State
East Mississippi
Florida Atlantic
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John Franklin III (born September 21, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). 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 Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

College career

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 six 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

Chicago Bears

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] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[17]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On November 13, 2019, Franklin was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.

Dallas Renegades (XFL)

On October 16, 2019, Franklin was drafted by the Dallas Renegades in the 2020 XFL Draft.[18]


  1. ^ Dieter Kurtenbach (November 1, 2012). "South Plantation quarterback John Franklin commits to Florida State". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Paul Myerberg (December 30, 2014). "John Franklin III is key player for Florida State without even playing". USA Today. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Brendan Sonnone (May 29, 2015). "QB John Franklin is transferring from FSU". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Bob Ferrante (May 29, 2015). "Seminoles backup quarterback John Franklin III to transfer". Cox Media Group. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Safid Deen (June 17, 2015). "Former FSU QB John Franklin III will transfer to East Mississippi Community College". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Fight abruptly ends EMCC-Delta game". Clarion Ledger. October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Michael Niziolek (November 4, 2015). "Auburn lands JUCO transfer, former Florida St. quarterback John Franklin III". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Matthew Stevens (November 26, 2016). "Will quarterback John Franklin stay at Auburn?". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Greg Ostendorf (March 8, 2017). "Quarterback Jarrett Stidham off to fast start at Auburn this spring". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Matthew Stevens (August 15, 2017). "John Franklin III announces he'll transfer to Florida Atlantic". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III headlines Bears rookie minicamp roster". Bears Wire. May 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Bears ink 'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III to rookie contract following tryout". Bears Wire. May 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".
  14. ^ "Bears waive John Franklin III, re-sign Jonathon Mincy". September 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Eurich, Matt (November 24, 2018). "Bears add John Franklin III to practice squad". Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 8, 2019). "Bears sign 10 to reserve/future contracts".
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 31, 2019). "Chicago Bears announce 53-man roster".
  18. ^ "Dallas Renegades select 'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III in seventh round of defensive backfield phase during XFL's inaugural draft". Dallas News. October 17, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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