Orlando Franklin: From Toronto to Super Bowl

Orlando Franklin of the Broncos and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb share a laugh after a game in...

Orlando Franklin of the Broncos and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb share a laugh after a game in Denver on Sept. 5, 2013. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

NEW YORK - In the middle of a sweltering southern Ontario summer, thousands of kilometres and two time zones away from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Andrew Yearwood received a tap on the shoulder.

A tap that made him cry for joy.

It was the 2013 Scarborough Thunder alumni day at Birchmount Stadium, a festival celebrating the area’s youth football. There were games being played on the field while food and T-shirts were being sold on the grounds, part of the events honouring the sport at the grass roots level.

Yearwood was enjoying all of it. Then came the tap. And the subsequent words:

“How are you doing, coach? Great to see you.”

Yearwood looked up and saw a behemoth of a man standing there, a 6-7, 330-foot physical specimen who looked as if he was put on the face of the Earth to play football.


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