Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Frank Franklin

If Frank Franklin's wrestling ability matched his dedication to the sport there is little doubt he would be a true champion. As he put it: "I was brought up to believe that hard work and love for what you do will ultimately lead to success in the end!" Judging from his 0-82 record, success has thus far eluded Franklin but he is far from discouraged. Numbers mean little to Frank as long as he learns something new each and every time he steps in the ring. Behind the scenes, Franklin has earned a reputation as the perennial nice guy of the BWF with an unwavering positive attitude. Wrestlers enjoy sharing a beer and a laugh with him almost as much as they enjoy beating him senseless. But don't expect FF to hold a grudge.

When he's not spending his free time taking his son to museums, baseball games, and charity benefits, Frank Franklin can usually be found at the gym getting ready for his next opportunity to wrestle. He painstakingly prepares for each match by poring over hours of video footage of his opponent. Says Franklin "there is no obstacle that I cannot overcome". Such obstacles include his rather small stature, inferior strength and awkward motor skills.

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 175 lbs.

Finishing Maneuver: Not Applicable

Quotable: "Winners never quit and quitters never win! So the way I see it, the only matches you really lose are the ones you don't wrestle. That's why I go out there every night and give it 110% because if you stick to your guns and continue to learn from your mistakes then there is no mountain too big to climb." (NOTE: Portions of Frank's quotable have been removed due to redundancy.)