Orlando Franklin's friends and family back home remember him as a goofy kid with big glasses and a big heart.

Little did they know that the gawky kid from Scarborough, Ont., would escape a troubled neighbourhood and end up protecting Peyton Manning from oncoming pass rushers in NFL.

Franklin's Denver Broncos are one win away from reaching the Super Bowl.  The 26-year-old will line up at offensive tackle when the Broncos face the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday.

CBC News reporter Charlsie Agro has the story.  

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