Jon Francis

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Jon Francis
No. 4
Born: (1964-06-23) June 23, 1964 (age 57)
Corvallis, Oregon
Career information
Position(s)Running back
CollegeBoise State
High schoolCorvallis (Corvallis, Oregon)
NFL draft1986 / Round: 7/ Pick 184
Career history
As player
1987Los Angeles Rams

Jon Charles Naekauna Francis (born June 21, 1964) is former American football player. He is the son of former Green Bay Packer Joe Francis, and half-brother of Detroit Lions 2007 second-round draft pick Ikaika Alama-Francis.[1]

High school and college football[]

Francis attended Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon and starred in football.[2] Francis played strong safety and tailback for the Spartans. His senior year rushing total of 1702 yards in 1981 was the school record until 2004.[3]

Francis attended Colorado State University, Taft Community College, and Boise State University, where he played running back.

Professional career[]

Francis was drafted in the seventh round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, who went on to become world champions that season. After being injured, Francis did not even suit up and was cut by the New York Giants in 1986. Francis signed with the New England Patriots in 1987. The seven other "rookie" running backs along with Francis, who were not drafted, also saw no preseason game time before being released. When the NFL players went on strike a month later, Francis chose to sign with the Los Angeles Rams as a replacement during the four-game strike. As a replacement, he saw his first live game carries. Former U.S.C. coach John Robinson kept him, and he was the only replacement player to make the team. That strike, brought about the "practice squads" some years later, through union contract negotiations.[4] He played in 9 games and had 35 carries for 138 yards and 8 receptions for 38 yards (2 touchdowns).


  1. ^ Curran, Bobby. "A Bigger, Stronger Alama-Francis". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ "Former OSU Halfback Dies," Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 30, 2013; pg. B1.
  3. ^ "Corvallis High Football Individual Records". Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  4. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.
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