Dec/10/06 04:53 PM
This week the Green Bay
Packers were given quite the scare when Pro Bowl tight
end Bubba Franks failed to show up for work. Repeat
calls to his home phone and cell phone were made and
still, no answer.
Franks is one of the most reliable players on the team
— a solid professional who would never miss work
much less show up late.
The Packers, fearing the worst, went so far as to
dispatch a member of the team to Franks' house to
investigate with the hope of getting to the bottom of
it. The team official repeatedly banged on the door and
a window to no response. Fortunately, Franks finally
responded and it turned out his alarm clock never went
off and he was just in a deep sleep.
Still, because Franks is the consummate pro the team
feared the worst. Luckily, their fears never came to
Nov/20/06 11:33 PM
Meanwhile, Bubba Franks
is clearly frustrated with his reduced role. Asked if
he was on the field when quarterback Brett Favre got
hurt in the second quarter, Franks said:
"No I wasn't, I was on the sidelines. Spending too much
time on the sidelines."
It seemed like he regretted opening that can of worms,
though, because when asked why he was on the sidelines,
he wanted to drop it.
"I don't know," Franks said. "I'm just a player. Don't
ask me. I don't even want to get into it."
Franks is one of the most emotional and bluntly honest
veterans the Packers have, and he was clearly upset by
"I don't think they fear coming to Lambeau no more. We
don't have that mystique," Franks said. "We've been
trying to get it all year. We don't have it. At all."
He added that he had wanted to see how the Packers
measured up against New England to judge their
"It was a measuring stick to me," Franks said. "The
teams we beat, they all have losing records. To come up
against a team like this, it was a challenge. And we
didn't answer the challenge - not today."