We’re seeing a lot less of Orlando Franklin these days. The former NFL O lineman has shed a remarkable 84 pounds since his retirement in 2018. Franklin, a second-round pick of the Broncos whose seven-year career also brought him to San Diego and Washington, reflected on his incredible weight loss recently, posting a before and after photo with promises of more to come.
The 32-year-old Franklin appeared in 90 NFL games including 89 starts for the Broncos, Chargers and Washington, beginning his career at right tackle before eventually shifting inside to left guard. Back then, Franklin tipped the scales at a hefty 315 pounds. Two years into his weight loss journey, the 6’6” Franklin looks healthier than ever.
By improving his physique, the Toronto native (though he now makes his home in Denver) follows the continuing trend of NFL alums—most of them former offensive lineman—slimming down in their post-playing days. Future Hall-of-Famer Joe Thomas claims to have lost 50 pounds since hanging up his cleats while Peloton-obsessed Marshal Yanda, an eight-time Pro Bowler for the Ravens, has made a similar transformation, trimming a remarkable 67 pounds off his figure.
You’ll be glad to know Franklin isn’t starving himself—he whipped up a delectable-looking skirt steak over the weekend. But he seems committed to keeping the weight off, as evidenced by his daily treadmill sessions.
Keep up the good work, Big O. You’re nailing it.