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  • Orlando Franklin: I've never been 100 percent healthy going into a game, playing hurt is part of the job

    Orlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago

    Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.

    Picture being in a car crash on a Sunday. You spend the entire following week trying to recover, trying to get healthy. Then come the next Sunday, you get into another car crash.

    That’s what life is like in the NFL. Everybody’s hurt. I’ve never been 100 percent healthy going into a football game. Ever. Even since college. You just try to get as close to 100 percent as possible. It’s a battle of constantly trying to get as healthy as possible then ruining your body all over again.

    In my four years in the NFL I’ve started every game except one. That was last year. I had a high ankle sprain. The doctor told me I should sit out for four weeks, I sat out one week. I just wanted to get back out there and I felt like I was able to be effective.

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