February 7, 2013
Stampeders' Franklin retires to be full-time family man
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

Calgary Stampeders receiver Arjei Franklin is waiting word on whether he can return to lineup Saturday against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders. QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO

CALGARY - Arjei Franklin doesn’t have a summer plan yet, but that was actually the plan all along.

After seven CFL seasons, the last three-and-a-half with the Calgary Stampeders, the Canadian receiver has retired from football.

The main reason for packing up the pads is that the 30-year-old couldn’t bear to be away from his family any longer.

Franklin’s wife and nearly 2-year-old son Miles live in Windsor, Ont., and it was always tough to part with them every May.

He walks away having played 94 regular-season games, making 165 receptions for 1,952 yards and three touchdowns, but he leaves the CFL with one major regret.

“I wish I had won a ring,” Franklin said. “That would have been nice. My son won’t remember me playing.


“I think he would rather remember me as a dad that was around than one who had a giant ring on his finger. I had to make that choice. I’m glad I made the choice to be home.


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