View Full Version : A feel good story about big O

07-13-2013, 04:24 PM
I know it's another fluff story, but it's nice to be able to read about our guys doing something good instead of getting busted. ;)

Why big-hearted Broncos big man Orlando Franklin is lifting up at-risk youths of Toronto

We hear too much about the handful of thick-headed NFLers who get themselves handcuffed during idle periods, such as Aaron Hernandez.

We don’t hear enough about the hundreds of NFLers who, in the same timeframes, usually with no cameras present and never any arresting police, donate their time and money in the best-hearted attempts to improve the lives of young people in their — in our — community. NFLers such as Orlando Franklin.

Through his charitable foundation, the right-side offensive tackle of the Denver Broncos gives back to the city he was raised in, and now calls his home up to five months a year: Toronto.

On Friday, through his Orlando Franklin Foundation and in conjunction with Community Housing, “Big O” brought busloads of at-risk Toronto children and teens to Playtime Bowl, near the Yorkdale Mall. There, some 116 kids from Malvern to Rexdale took part in Bowling For A Cause.

The children, aged 10 to 17, rolled over 10-pins, ate some pizza, shared some laughs, high-fived often, and got to meet one of the five men whose job it is to protect Peyton Manning in NFL games.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Franklin, 26, has been giving back like this for two years now. He visits high schools. He shows up unannounced at playgrounds in his old rough-and-tumble neighborhood, Victoria Park and Sheppard, where he was raised in a Toronto Housing unit.

read the rest here: http://blogs.canoe.ca/krykslants/sports/why-big-hearted-broncos-big-man-is-lifting-up-at-risk-youths-of-toronto/ (http://http://[URL="http://[url/"")

07-13-2013, 05:05 PM
right on big O.