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Who was Dennis Franks? Death of ex-Eagles player mourned by fans

Amber Peake October 17, 2021
Who was Dennis Franks? Death of ex-Eagles player mourned by fans

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Business executive and former NFL player Dennis Franks has died aged 68. Market America confirmed the death of its vice-president Dennis Franks yesterday, with fans taking to social media to mourn his sudden passing. We take a look at the football player turned businessman’s life and career.

Who was Dennis Franks?

Dennis Franks, born 29 May 1953, was a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native. He played football throughout high school and continued his passion into college at the University of Michigan, majoring in economics.

He graduated in 1975 and joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie the following year after not being selected in the 1975 NFL Draft. Franks went on to play center in the 1977 season following an injury to a teammate.

Franks ended his NFL career at the Detroit Lions, playing there for one season in 1979. Following his retirement from football, Franks pursued a career in business and went on to become executive vice-president of digital marketing and e-commerce company Market America.

Franks was also a motivational speaker/ coach and author. He and fellow former Eagles player Vince Papale published a book in 2018 entitled The Last Laugh: Vision To Victory, which detailed their career journey after the NFL.

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Dennis Franks’ death announced on social media

The business executive’s death was announced yesterday (Saturday, 16 October), in a statement by Market America.

In the message shared on Twitter, the statement began: “We can’t believe we are having to write this. We are beyond saddened to inform you our friend, brother, partner and executive vice-president Dennis Franks suddenly passed away earlier today.”

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Fans mourn the former NFL player’s sudden passing

As news of his death was shared online, fans took to social media to pay tribute to Dennis Franks:

We send our condolences to Dennis Franks’ family and friends at this difficult time.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.