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nday, October 27, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

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PROFILE

MYSTIQUE OF SUCCESS
Football hero Dennis Franklin:
Debunking the myth of the jock

By LAURA BERMAN e
'ENNIS FRANKLIN heaves aw
mightly Groan an strug-c
es to open his eyes. It is anc
our after practice ended, his
nuscles are sore, his ribs are
>ruised, his pride is- still dam-
iged from the MSU game threea
lavs before.
"Injuries, sickness - it does
Iet to be boring." He svs it 1
vryly but is a little bitter: In-S
liries and illness have plaguedF
is career of late, keeping thes
Nolverines out of the Rose Bowl t
ast year, keeping him on theN
)ench in this season's opener,
mmobilizing him on the couchb
of his living room now.-
This supine figure covered witht
a blanket and resting his el-
bow on an ice-pack is hardly the
waggering, fun-loving hero I
tad expected to find. No wo-
men in the closets, no beer bot-e
ties on the floor, no teephonep
calls during the two hours oft
his interview - aren't starr
juarterbacks supposed to lead
vild lives?
"A WILD LIFE? I don't know
what you mean. But I
ion't party much anymore - IE
ased to be much more outgo-
ng and when I was younger, in
igh school, I guess you could
ay I "used" women. But my
dea of a good time now is hav-
ng a few friends over to listen
to same goo music, drink sore
ine just relax," he says.
And he denies the perennial 1
umors that University football
players are given free cars and0
enjoy luxurious fringe benefits.
The Athletic Department must
not give away cars because
ranklin doesn't have one
"Nah, I don't have a car," he
ays. "I don't have shit.") and
bis scholarship does not nay all
he rent on the modern aart-
nent he shares with teammate
Dave Brown.
Out of uniform, Franklin
oesn't even look like a star
uarterback. He has none of the
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and from his unpub-
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excess musculature as
with fo:tball players; t
Iles are there but he
co mpactly.
BUT NOW, he adm
depressed and very
and he doesn't want
abo'ut anything contr
'H won't even commen
probable outcome of t
State game because
Hayes would take an
say and blow it out of
tion - he'd use any
whip up his team.")
Franklin says he lov
ball, bit the feeling exte
to "the pure game,"
the politics or the press
come with Big Ten star
always wanted to play
... well, maybe that is
right. When I was small
ed to be a professional
player and then I di
that football players ma
money."
He played at Massil
in Ohio, a school that
bably produced more
players than any plac
country. Then as now,
ed to be "the best."
'ND SO, on daysl
one, when every i
his hadv aches and liec

;sociated then you get hurt . . well, it's
he mus- j>'st not fair."
's bailt He painfully gets up off the
couch and limps to the refrigfcr-
ator for ice for his elbow. 'It
its, he's could destroy you," he s:lys.
y serious "All this time and sweat .
to talk sure, I've thought about it. That
oversial. is why I decided to come to
nt on the Mihigan - I wanted to go to a
he Ohio good school. I'm not here only
"Woody to play football because I knowt
ything I I can't count on football."
propor- "I think I'm the best. But cth-
thing to er people don't think the same
way."
ves foot- He resents the emohasis plo-
ends only ed on statistics and records but
not to he can't ignore it; he feels the
ures that pressure to succeed, to amass
rdom. "I those figures. "Don Shula once
football said that success is giving all
n't quite that you have to give," Frank-
I I want- lin says. "I think that's right,
baseball I think that's beautiful."
scovered And when Franklin plavs bhs
ake more best, it isn't the roar of the
crowd that sours him on. Be-
Ion High cause "out of the 100,000 neonle
has pr- in the stadium, there are very
football few people who care about you.
e in -he They don't care about me. Ti-ey
he play- care about winning."
''And me?" Franklin slams
the ice tray against the kitchn
like this counter. "Well, I'm just the
muscle in quarterback on the winning
can't talk team."

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ta v y a lu1C; aiiLt
without pain, he still goes to
the practice field from 4.t,) 6
.m. and subjects himself t the
hfours of punishment because,
"while I'm here I should be
willing to sacrifice and give
what I have to give." For the
same reason he worked a con-
struction job this summer -
worked so hard he ran himself
down and caught a virus.
"I've worked very hard to
prepare myself,, to keep my-
self in shape. That's why I can
tell myself I'm the best - I've
worked hard enough to be the
best. But when you work as
hard as you can work and make
the sacrifices you have to and

Laura Berman is co-editor of
the Sunday Maogazine.

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