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Franklin excited to join UCLA teammate in Green Bay

Apr. 27, 2013
 

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New Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin starred at UCLA. File/Press-Gazette Media

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New Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin spoke to the media after his selection in the fourth round. Here are some highlights:

♦ Itís a blessing to be drafted and be in this position. Iíve been training for this my whole life. Iím just blessed to have this opportunity. Eddie Lacy is a great running back and weíre a team.

♦ Iím so excited to be up there with Datone (Jones, his UCLA teammate, the Packers' No. 1 pick). Heís a great player, brings a lot to the table.

♦ We texted a little bit. Weíre excited. We talked about what if we end up on the same team on Friday.

♦ Iím just blessed to be drafted. There are so many people out there who would be dreaming to be in my shoes. Iím happy I did get taken.

♦ Ran a lot of routes at UCLA and how they use running backs

♦ I will be the mayor of LA. I will be.

♦ When I was in high school, I asked about giving back to community. I grew up in a rough neighborhood. I wanted to know involvement with cleaning up. I think Iíll have an impact. Had an internship with the mayor. I followed the mayor throughout different press conferences. I loved the impact and involvement he had.

♦ I love the game of football. I love when the ball's in my hands. Iíll run inside, outside.

♦ Definitely watching the Packers. Used to love Clay Matthews. I can admit that now. Heís a great player.

♦ I wasnít really thinking about where. I was just taking it one moment at a time and one pick at a time. Iím excited to get up there and I know Eddie is as well.

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