August 19, 2022
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

Diamond In The Rough: Amiri Franklin

Amiri Franklin is class of 2021 running back from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is 5’9″ and weighs 155 pounds. Franklin is an elusive runner and can easily get down the field to make a touchdown. Along with his quick speed and great footwork, he has a good vision for the field and excellence balance. He is also a very explosive kick returner. Franklin is also a part of the track & field team at Holy Cross and has a 3.2 gpa.


At what age did you begin playing football? What motivated you to play this sport?

I started playing football when I was six years old. I was motivated as I always went out and played catch with my dad in the backyard. I always grew up with a ball in my hands.

What hobbies do you have outside of sports?

I like to fish in my off time. It brings me peace.

You also run track at Holy Cross. What events do you participate in, and how would you say they help you on the football field?

I run the 100 and 200 in track. I feel like track helps me open up more as I feel like track speed and football speed relate in a way. It helps me be faster and more electric than others when I am on the field.

Do you have any specific goals for this season?

This season, I want to win a State Championship.

What’s your favorite thing about being a running back?

My favorite thing about being a running back is being able to see everything in front of you. You see what’s going on around you and know what will happen before it does.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you?

I am really energetic person! I am always hype and jumping around, trying to get my teammates ready. I am like the Energizer Bunny.

What has football taught you about yourself or life?

It has taught me that no matter what comes my way, I can get past it. One time I got injured. It turns out that injury was for the best of me because it switched me back to playing running back. It gave me the shot that I needed to succeed.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Louisiana?

I love the competitiveness of this state.

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

I would tell them that there will be ups and downs, but keep at it and achieve your goals.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself still in college working on my Sports Medicine degree.

Three words to describe yourself are?

Energetic, fun and hardworking!

What would you be bringing to a football program as an athlete and student?

I would be bringing fun energy around people. I will be that person that will always lift you up and be there when you need someone to talk to.

Are there any college or NFL athletes that you look up to or try to model your play style after?

I try to model my game after Ezekiel Elliot and Alvin Kamara.

If you weren’t playing football, what do you think you would be doing?

I would just be all about my schoolwork and being in my books.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world right now, where would you pick?

I would go to Bora Bora.

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

I always like to walk the field. I listen to a lot of NBA Youngboy because that gets me in the zone. I also always text my dad before the game. He sends me nice paragraphs that I like to read before the game.

How do you handle wins and losses?

I see losses as a way to get better. It shows me what to improve on and what went wrong.

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