Former Student-Athlete Jeff Franklin helped Team USA National Team bring home the gold medal in a landslide victory against Canada in Vienna, Austria. Team USA defeated Canada 50-7, to clinch the gold medal. The victory over Canada marked the second-consecutive time the United States has won the eight-nation tournament, played every four years since 1999. America first competed for the world title in football in 2007.

Franklin also was part of an elite group of eleven U.S. Men’s National Team Players named to IFAF Senior World Championship All-Tournament Team.

Over the span of five days to advance to the Gold Medal game Team USA won group A with victories over Mexico (17-7), Germany (48-7) and Australia (61-0).

At Central State Franklin was a Division II First-Team All-American defensive back who led the nation in interceptions (2008) and was also a two-time All-Independent Conference selection (2007-2008). The 3-time All –conference (2006-2008) finished his career with 15 interceptions, in 30 games (.50/game). Was a 4-time Captain, and was a 4-time All-Academic recipient (2005-2008).

Franklin who also served as Mr. Central State University (2008-2009) is a 2009 graduate of Central State University with a degree in Business Management.
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