James Franklin has shot up the coaching ranks to a head position with the Penn State Nittany Lions, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Last month, Franklin took a moment to reflect upon his time with the Green Bay Packers as a wide receivers coach in 2005, according to Josh Folk of LehighValleyLive.com.
"Going to the Green Bay Packers, I think a lot of people would make an argument, one of the more-respected, well-run professional organizations from top to bottom," Franklin told LehighValleyLive.com. "There are just things I learned from being part of that organization that I was impressed with. One thing I remember right away, that hit with me was when I accepted the job there, the next day or the day after, there was a knock on my door and a dozen roses were delivered to my wife, welcoming her to the family. And a care package of gear to my wife and daughter at the time. I thought that was first-class and I thought that’s something that I’m going to do."
Franklin was a member of Mike Sherman’s staff, which engineered the Packers from 2000-2005. Green Bay went 4-12 in Franklin’s lone season with the team, but his top receiver, Donald Driver, caught 86 passes for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns.
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The Penn State coach still keeps in touch with his former NFL boss, according to Folk’s report.