Orlando Franklin of Toronto eyes Super Bowl ring for hometown

Orlando Franklin and Chris Clark of the Denver Broncos prepare for their game against the San Diego...

Orlando Franklin and Chris Clark of the Denver Broncos prepare for their game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP)

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As the city of Denver celebrated the sixth berth of its Broncos in the Super Bowl by painting the town orange on Sunday evening, Orlando Franklin’s thoughts were on another metropolis, a place he still calls home.

“This is 100% for Toronto,” the behemoth right tackle of the Broncos said after their 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. “This is great. But we have one more step to take.”

A step he hopes will come at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2 when Franklin and his teammates play in the Super Bowl.

“I can think of nothing better than to bring back a Super Bowl title up to Toronto,” he said.

From developing his football skills as a kid with the Scarborough Thunder to spending a couple of stints at an East Toronto juvenile detention centre, Franklin’s meandering path from southern Ontario to the Super Bowl is now just one win shy of being complete.


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