Bucs WR John Franklin III Is 1st 'Last Chance U' Alum to Win a Super Bowl

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2021

Auburn quarterback John Franklin III (5) passes in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl win Sunday was a big one for fans of Last Chance U, as season one star John Franklin III earned himself a ring in the process:

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East Mississippi Community College ➡️ Super Bowl Champion Bucs WR John Franklin III is the first 'Last Chance U' alumnus to win a Super Bowl ring 🙌 (📸: @jf3_5) https://t.co/JtIkI9hMXD

Franklin was a quarterback at East Mississippi Community College in 2015 and a major storyline during the docu-series' first season after transferring to the school from Florida State. He went on to play for Auburn and Florida Atlantic, although he never found much success under center.

His athleticism was enough to get a chance with the Chicago Bears as a defensive back, eventually ending up with the Buccaneers practice squad in 2019 while moving to receiver. He appeared in one game last year, rushing for 11 yards on a single attempt.

The 27-year-old spent the 2020 season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL, but he is still a member of the Bucs as they made a run to a championship behind Tom Brady and a terrifying defense.