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.