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Former Tiger QB James Franklin announces his retirement

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Happy Trails, Tanklin!

Yesterday marked the end of an era for one of the recent greats of Mizzou Football. Considering who it was, the fact that it was slightly unheralded makes a whole lot of sense.

James Franklin, the Tiger QB who ushered Mizzou into the SEC and led his team to its first ever SEC East division title, announced his retirement from football on Sunday.

Franklin spent his career in the Canadian Football League after his graduation from Mizzou, playing from 2015 to 2019, racking up 4,305 career yards and 23 touchdowns. His first two seasons with the Edmonton Football Team saw his most efficient years, but he did find some success when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts, posting a 2000+ yard season in 2018.

Franklin wasn’t the pure NFL talent that Chase Daniel or Blaine Gabbert were, but he carried on the tradition of talented, winning Missouri quarterbacks in a meaningful way. His career was tainted by a few injuries (and brief controversies about his willingness to play through them), but Franklin was an integral part of the Tigers’ top five finish in 2013.

Happy trails, James. It’ll be impossible to forget your entrance onto the college football scene in 2011.

Drop some of your favorite Franklin highlights or memories in the comments!


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