James Franklin kept pleading. He kept hearing no.
First, he was too big.
"I was a little chubby, but I was taller than a lot of the other kids, too," he said.
In sixth grade, he weighed in at 185 pounds, 50 pounds over the 135-pound limit for his age group in Missouri, but was still allowed to play.
He played everywhere but quarterback in the fifth grade, his first year playing the game, but his gig in sixth grade?
Right tackle and defensive end. He wanted to be a quarterback.
"I’d always ask about it and they’d never let me play," he said. He was better suited elsewhere, they told him.
He moved south to Texas before seventh grade and rotated between duties as center, guard, running back, receiver, linebacker and his background in
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