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Frankln named MVP, gets All-League honor after Bandits' second Arena League championship

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For Rahn Franklin, life in the arena American Professional Football League has been a sweet one - his Sioux City Bandits have been in the league for two years, and come away with two unbeaten seasons and cruised to two championships.

Franklin, a Buena Vista University product and former BVU residence director, was named as an honorable mention to the All-APFL Team Sunday, despite playing a new position this year for the first time.

The speedy Franklin was asked to slide from cornerback to safety, but it didn't slow him down.

His 10 interceptions easily led the team, and he compiled 247 return yards - nearly 25 per pickoff, with his longest a 48 yard ramble. He accounted for 27 tackles including 20 solos behind an iron-clad defense that gave up relatively little in a league where scoring usually comes in bunches.

After the Bandits' championship win over Council Bluffs 56-34 July 14 in a rematch of last year's title game, his team named Franklin the Defensive MVP for the 2012 season.

Not bad for a guy who never thought he would play football.

At BVU, Franklin was a starting point guard on the basketball team, and didn't step onto a gridiron until his senior year.

"I thought I was too small, and I was too stubborn to step into the game I loved the most," he reflects. "Football is part of my family. By not playing, I guess I was kind of repressing some rudimentary love."

Franklin now lives in Paullina with wife Rachel, also a former Storm Laker, where he is an academic support and divesity specialist for Northwestern College. His brother Stephen is a special teams performer and reserve linebacker for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.

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