Ron Francis (American football)
April 7, 1964 |
La Marque, Texas
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||201 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||La Marque (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1987 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Ronald Bernard Francis (born April 7, 1964 in La Marque, Texas) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Baylor University.
Francis was one of the best state running backs at La Marque High School, before moving on to Baylor University. In college, he was a running back during his first two years. In 1984, he was the starter at tailback and was also used as the short yardage quarterback, becoming the team's top rusher.
As a junior, he was moved to cornerback, where he teamed with Thomas Everett to form one of the best defensive secondaries in college football. In 1985, the defense ranked number 3 in the nation against the pass and he was named Southwest Conference defensive player of the year. In 1986, the defense ranked number 3 overall in the nation, with him he recording 8 interception, 2 fumbles recoveries and 11 passes defended.
Francis was a standout player in one of the school's most successful eras, as the Bears won 30 games and appeared in three Bowl games (2 wins). He was a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection and an All American Honorable Mention (1985).
In 1988, Francis entered the season as the starter at right cornerback, before dislocating his left shoulder during an intrasquad game in pre-season. The injury allowed former Baylor teammate Robert Williams to win the starting position outright.
New England Patriots
Francis was traded to the New England Patriots on February 19, 1991. In exchange for the first overall draft pick of the 1991 NFL Draft (Russell Maryland), he was traded to the Patriots along with linebacker Eugene Lockhart, linebacker David Howard, a 1991 first round pick (#11 Pat Harlow) and a 1991 second round pick (#41 Jerome Henderson). He was waived before the 1991 season started.