In the two years Antonio Franklin has lived in Texas, he’s gotten a lesson in old-fashioned Lone Star values. The result has paid dividends for the Euless Trinity athlete.
After spending the majority of his life in Florida and Atlanta, he said he brought a “Florida” attitude to his athletic endeavors.
“That arrogance and cocky attitude comes from Florida,” Franklin said. “Florida and Texas football are two different styles of ball. Florida football is cocky, flashy, arrogant. ‘I can do this and you can’t do that.’”
Franklin can run and he can run fast. At one of TCU’s summer football camps, he blew away the competition by running the 40-yard dash in 4.25 seconds.
This weekend, he could be named the fastest high schooler in the state, running in the 100 meters at the UIL Class 5A state meet in Austin.
However, this success wouldn’t be possible, Franklin said, if he hadn’t shed the arrogant outlook on his abilities.
“Texas football — everything is for a higher purpose,” Franklin said. “It’s very different. I didn’t get accustomed to it and because I didn’t get accustomed to it, I failed.”
The transformation began this fall when Franklin, a speedy running back for the Trojans, saw more of the bench and less open field.
“Not getting to play as much last year did it to me,” Franklin said. “I thought I was a pretty good player, and I didn’t get to play very much and I was arrogant in my attitude.”
He didn’t want to miss out on the opportunities his talents could present him, so he quickly reassessed his values.
Now, he has the opportunity to vastly increase his visibility and prospects of landing the coveted football scholarship by blowing away the competition Friday and Saturday at the state meet at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
It is Franklin’s first trip to the state meet in any sport, qualifying with a time of 10.70 seconds last month at a regional meet in Lubbock.
However, don’t worry about success going to his head. He said he has fully embraced a humble outlook, which means he just hopes he can put forth his best effort in Austin.
“The only thing that will go through my head is that it’s another race and I did my best,” Franklin said. “I’m not the fastest guy in the world. I’m not Usain Bolt. There’s always someone faster than you. If I win, I win. If I come in fourth, I come in fourth. Whatever it is, it’s a new day.”
We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.
Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?