Jamaica’s own Orlando Franklin is headed to the Super Bowl! Caribbean football fans can get ready to cheer for one of their own to get a Super Bowl ring come Feb. 2nd at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.Twenty-six-year-old Orlando Franklin, born in Kingston, Jamaica and of the Denver Broncos, is set to play in his first Super Bowl.
Orlando is on the Denver offensive line which dominated the New England Patriots in the trenches Sunday afternoon, leaving Quarter Back Peyton Manning virtually untouched and able to complete 32-of-43 for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
The win for the Broncos and the team was especially a proud one for the 320 pound Franklin, who as a 15-year-old was once behind bars at a Toronto-area youth detention facility.
The young Franklin had moved to Canada with his mother and somehow his young life got off track.
“I was in a real dark place,” the Delray Beach resident told the Toronto Sun recently. “I mean, the NFL? Hey, I didn’t even know if I’d ever graduate high school, let alone think I’d ever make it to the NFL.”
His success today is due largely to his mother, Sylvia Allen. After she picked him up from that detention in Toronto and took him home, she made him write: “I, Orlando Franklin, promise my mother, Sylvia Allen, that I will never get in trouble with the police again. I promise to dedicate myself to football …
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