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Former Miami Dolphin Fullback Andra Franklin dead at 47


LINCOLN, Neb. · Former Miami Dolphins fullback Andra Franklin died Wednesday in Lincoln of natural causes. He was 47.

Franklin’s body was found by police at his Lincoln apartment. He had heart problems and other health issues in recent years.

He was drafted in the second round by the Dolphins in 1981 and played for four years, starting in Super Bowl XVII against Washington. He is ninth on the team’s all-time rushing list with 2,232 yards and 22 touchdowns from 1981-84.

A knee injury forced him out of the league by the time he turned 26.

Franklin played at Nebraska from 1977-80, rushing for 1,738 yards and 10 touchdowns.

I remember Andra’s days with the Dolphins. How football has changed in 20 years. No Dolphin FB gets more than 5 carries a year now, alone become one of the team’s top rushers.

RIP Andra.

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