Jethro Franklin

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Jethro Franklin
Oakland Raiders
Position: Defensive line coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-10-25) October 25, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth: St. Nazaire, France
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: San Jose (CA) Yerba Buena
College: San Jose City, Fresno State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 11 / Pick: 298
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Player stats at PFR

Jethro Franklin (born October 25, 1965) is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

Fresno State[edit]

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.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

He then served as Defensive Line Coach for the Green Bay Packers from 2000–2004.


He coached the defensive line for USC during the 2005 season. He coached for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006.

Houston Texans[edit]

He was a member of the Houston Texans from 2007 to 2008.


Franklin returned to USC as the defensive line coach in 2009.[1]

Temple University[edit]

He moved to coach the Defensive line at Temple Owls.

University of Miami[edit]

In 2011, he moved with Al Golden to the Miami Hurricanes.[2]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On February 6, 2015, he joined the Oakland Raiders.


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