|Title||Defensive Line Coach|
October 25, 1965 |
St. Nazaire, France
|San Jose City College
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Fresno State (DL)
UCLA (Interim DL)
Green Bay Packers (DL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DL)
Houston Texans (DL)
Franklin was born in St. Nazaire, France, while his father was stationed in the US military. He grew up in San Jose, California, attended Yerba Buena High School. He attended San Jose City College, a junior college, where he played both years and earned junior college All-American honors in 1985. He transferred to Fresno State University, where he played for two seasons. While playing for the Bulldogs he earned All-American second team honors both seasons, set a then-school record with 19.5 sacks his junior season, and was the Pacific Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Fresno State's MVP as a 1987 senior. He graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor's degree in criminology in 1988.
In the 1988 NFL Draft, Franklin was drafted in the 11th round (298th overall) by the Houston Oilers. He did not play for the Oilers, but played defensive line for the Seattle Seahawks in the 1989 season. He then was the No. 1 draft choice of the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991, but instead opted to begin his coaching career.
Franklin returned to Fresno State to coach the defensive line from 1991–1998, this term included a pair of NFL coaching fellowships, working with the Buffalo Bills in the summer of 1994 and the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 1995. In 1999 he coached the interior defensive line for UCLA. He then served as Defensive Line Coach for the Green Bay Packers from 2000–2004, USC for the 2005 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2006 season, and the Houston Texans from 2007-2008 before returning to USC as the defensive line coach in 2009. He moved to coach the Defensive line at Temple Owls in 2010 and moved again in 2011 with Al Golden who had been hired to coach the Miami Hurricanes, as coach of the Defensive line and current is there.
- Gary Klein, Pete Carroll promotes Rocky Seto to defensive coordinator, Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2009, Accessed January 8, 2009.