Broncos OL Orlando Franklin went from mean streets of Toronto to NFL

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin. (JIM ROGASH/Getty Images/AFP)

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin. (JIM ROGASH/Getty Images/AFP)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:54 PM ET

Back in the summer of 2002, as Peyton Manning was spending time in Indianapolis familiarizing himself with newly hired Colts coach Tony Dungy, a 15-year-old boy was sitting behind bars at a Toronto-area youth detention facility some 820 kilometres away, wondering where his out-of-control life was headed.

This much is certain: The National Football League was not even a blip on his radar back then. How could it be? For young, troubled Orlando Franklin, his main goal was just getting out of the klink after his mother, frustrated that her son had been busted for the second time in his brief life, refused to bail him out, instead wanting him to learn a harsh lesson by leaving him in jail for a handful of weeks.

For Franklin, who at the time had been arrested for breaking and entering, possession of a stolen vehicle and robbery, his world was spiraling out of control.


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