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    RAMblings with John Franklin-Myers

    Sarina Morales


    Defensive lineman (94) John Franklin-Myers of the Los Angeles Rams go through pregame warmups as the Rams face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. The Rams fall short of victory 13-03 in the championship round on Sunday, February 3, 2019. (Will Navarro/Rams)

    Sarina: Now that Game of Thrones is over, I donít have anything to watch. What is your favorite show right now?

    John: It was Prison Break, but now Iím watching Blindspot. You know it? The woman with the tattoos. She gets left in New York.

    Sarina: What is that on?

    John: Iím watching on Hulu. Hulu needs to sponsor me haha.

    Sarina: We always look at you guys as athletes and guys who watch sports. What is a sport you wonít watch?

    John: Maybe tennis or golf?

    Sarina: You know Micah (Kiser) picked up golf? I hear a lot of you guys picked up golf in the off-season.

    John: Everybody said I would play golf, but Iím not. I donít even play Top Golf or putt putt or mini golf.

    Sarina: Whatís the biggest improvement you have made personally since becoming a professional football player?

    John: Learning how to be a pro. As a rookie, that is the thing you donít really know. Whether it be the walk-through tempo or the actual practice tempo. What you do in the off-season and in your free-time. What you do after practice, getting in that extra work. RecoveryÖ all that goes into being a pro. And they donít teach you that until you get here.

    Sarina: Joey (Joey Blake, Team Nutritionist) told me how proud he is of you. Why?

    John: I work with Joey a lot. They wanted me to gain a little weightÖ and I gained the weight, and then it was, I couldnít stop gaining the weight (laughs). I got to the point where I wasnít too heavy, but maybe too heavy to play (defensive) end. Maybe a 3 (technique). So just trying to find that correct weight. There was a lot of fluctuation there. When I started losing weight, I needed to work on different techniques to lose weight. And here I am now, at a constant. Who knows what the next me will be, but Joey is someone who has always helped me when it comes to nutrition and losing weight and gaining weight.

    Sarina: (Joey) told me, Ďthis is my guy now.í Youíve made it into Joeyís good graces.

    John: John Franklin-Myers Blake. (laughs)
    Everybody said I would play golf, but Iím not. I donít even play Top Golf or putt putt or mini golf.

    Sarina: Has Aaron (Donald) motivated you to get abs?

    John: I think he does for the teamÖ but I tell everybodyÖ Iím not AD. Obviously everybody wants his contract.(laughs) But more, I want to know what he does outside of this, during the off-season. Yeah it looks good, but at the end of the day, Iím a D lineman. AD isnít the heaviest guy on the team. (laughs) Heís 6 foot, 250-260 or whatever he is. *(Aaron Donald is listed at 280 pounds), but there isnít another D lineman that is that small. For me to sit here and want a six pack, is unrealistic.

    Sarina: You are just happy Aaron (Donald) is doing that.

    John: Oh yeah! We need him, so whatever makes him play how he plays, is what he should do. (laughs)

    Robin Ritoss

    Sarina: If not football then what?

    John: My dream would be to play in the NBA. But if not football or the NBA, coaching? I donít know.

    Sarina: Would you be a coach?

    John: I donít want to. I didnít really have a plan B. It was either footballÖ or football. I havenít even thought about what I am going to be when I retire. I got at leastÖ hopefully 10 (years)Ö as long as possible. At that time, I donít want to work anymore. I just want to make sure I am there for my kids. Be there for their games. Pick up from school. Stuff like that. I want to be a stay at home mom.

    Sarina: When was the first time you realized you became an adult?

    John: Probably after my rookie year. After the season, going into the playoffs. You donít realize how hard the NFL is until you make it to the playoffs. After we made it to the Super Bowl I became an adult. Experiencing the Super BowlÖ that made me grow up whether I wanted to or not. Itís just a different level of focus and attention to detail.

    Sarina: Why was it so hard? Was it just because you were physically asked to play longer than usual?

    John: That and being a rookie and having some type of role. I played on our dime package and a little bit on our base and just having that role in those game. The pace picks up so much more. Our coach told us all the time, ĎYou think this is fast, just wait for the playoffsí. Well, we get to the playoffs and itís nothing you can prepare for. Experience is the best teacher. (At the Super Bowl) I donít think we were outplayed, but sometimes itís hard to beat experience.
    I donít think we were outplayed, but sometimes itís hard to beat experience.

    Sarina: How does your size help you or hurt you off the field?

    John: It helps not having to ask people for anything. What helps and hurts is the intimidation factor where maybe I donít have a lot of people trying me. But also, I walk in a place, and they know I am in the NFL and they just want me to be the tough guyÖ. And thatís not me. I donít need to be the tough guy. You can be the tough guy.

    Sarina: You are not that type of guyÖ

    John: I just like to chill. Sometimes being big sucks. Also on planes, thatís probably the worst time. Because Iím not getting a private jet. Iím not going to get first class. I mean, unless I am going overseas. Iím getting the cheapest flight, and thatís always a problem.

    Sarina: How do you even fit?

    John: Uncomfortably. I get the aisle seat. Sometimes that doesnít help. The carts bump into me every two seconds. My shoulders are wider than the seats. I just flew back from Texas and I was like, this has to be the last airplane ride I take.

    Sarina: Best moment this off-season?

    John: Going on a cruise. Iíve never been on a cruise. I got a chance to visit Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman and Costa Maya. It was a long cruise. A week on a boat could be torture, but they made it fun. Just seeing new places. I donít travel much and I donít like flying, travel wise, you only have three options. Being on a boat seemed like the best option for me. Iíve never been to these places, and I saw the Mayan ruins. At one spot, there was a water park. They had water slidesÖ 12 stories high, 18 stories high and 24 stories high. Sliding from those big slides was crazy. I saw all types of lizards. I didnít like them, but looking back on it now that I am alive and well, it was fun.

    Sarina: What are you superstitious about?

    John: I donít think I am. I donít have a routine or anything.

    Sarina: Who is the most superstitious guy on the team?

    John: Probably Brandin Cooks, but then you see the success heís hadÖ maybe I do need to be superstitious. (laughs) But Iím at the point where itís almost too late to create a routine. Like, what am I supposed to do? Make a tackle and then jog three steps down the fieldÖ I canít do anything like that. But thatís what he does. Heíll catch the ball, or even when he doesnít catch the ball, heíll act like he caught it and about to run. Dline canít do that.

    Sarina: Who is the guy on offense you are most like?

    John: A lot of my friends are defensive players, but if I had to throw a name out there, I would say Big Whit (Andrew Whitworth)Ö just as a mentor. Anytime I need a hand, or need help. He put me on a new place to workout. I worked out there for three weeks and lost 3.5 percent body fat and seven pounds. It turned me around. Heíll help me on the weekends, or last season, when I struggled, he kept me after practice and showed me stuff I did wrong when I went against him or when he would watch. He does that for everybody. I didnít realize it at the time, but when I got drafted, he was the first person to text me and congratulate me. I donít even know how he got my number. (laughs) But he was the very first person to text me. Heís one of the vets here that changes the rookieís lives.

    Sarina: Goal this season? Personally and professionally?

    John: Contribute more to the team. Do what I can to help us win the Super Bowl this year. I would like to see us get back and do what I can to help. Outside of footballÖ maybe workout a little more. Recover more. My life revolves around this. I donít have a hobby. When I get home, I go to sleep. I donít watch film at home, but I stay up here and watch film. I come back up every night. When I go home, I settle down. Thatís when life kicks in.

  • #2
    Great read, thanks for posting.

    I am not sure which cruise he went on, but I have been on RCI's Oasis twice and that was the route it takes. Debbie and I both love Cozumel, and every Cris we go on stops there before heading back.

    It's good to see Whit looking after the rookies and good to see his help is appreciated.



    • #3
      Sounds like a good kid.

      I hope we can keep Whitworth in the organization when he retires from playing. He is a tremndous mentor and has coach written all over him.
      “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”


      • #4
        Originally posted by isaacbruce4ever View Post
        Sounds like a good kid.

        I hope we can keep Whitworth in the organization when he retires from playing. He is a tremndous mentor and has coach written all over him.
        I'm hoping the Rams have already whispered in his ear. Talk about a guy who fits "the culture" - big Whit clearly embodies the entire gamut of McVay's "we - not me." Time will tell .. Maybe #77 will want to concentrate on family or other things, not to mention that he'd be a great commentator on tv. Love it if the Rams could convince him to stick around as a coach to pass on his wealth of knowledge/experience to our young players.


        • #5
          Looking forward to seeing JFM's development this season.

          Go Rams!


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