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John Franklin III, a former quarterback at East Mississippi Community College — which played host to the popular Netflix show “Last Chance U” — has found a home in the NFL.
Franklin agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, he announced on Twitter. SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner confirmed the news, reporting that Franklin signed a rookie deal with the Bears as a defensive back/kick returner — marking yet another position change for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native.
Chi Town for a new home . I love it
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) May 13, 2018
The agent for Last Chance U’s John Franklin III says Franklin signed a rookie contract with the Bears as a DB/KR.
Franklin worked out there this weekend. His camp had thought it had a deal with the Seahawks immediately following the draft, which I reported. He’s a Bear now.
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) May 13, 2018
Franklin played at East Mississippi Community College in 2015 when the popular Netflix series followed the team. He threw for 733 yards and seven touchdowns in the Lions’ nine-game season in 2015, and was the No. 23 junior college recruit after that year.
Franklin then transferred to Auburn for the 2016 season. He ran for 430 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers’ backup quarterback, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown. He transferred to Florida Atlantic for his final season last year and switched positions to wide receiver. He caught seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Owls.
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