NFL star Orlando Franklin buys Scarborough football association

Orlando Franklin is hoping a big investment in GTA football will help more young players reach the NFL.

Los Angeles Charger hopes to purchase land to develop indoor training facility for young players

Orlando Franklin, who wears No. 74 for the Los Angeles Chargers, has purchased the Scarborough football association where he played as a youth. (Getty Images)

Orlando Franklin is looking to give back.

The Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman purchased the Scarborough Minor Football Association on Monday. It's the same program Franklin played for as a youth before moving to Florida, where he played high school football in Delray Beach.

Franklin went on to play collegiately at Miami before being selected in the second round, No. 46 overall, by Denver in the 2011 NFL draft. Franklin cracked the Broncos' starting lineup as a rookie and played four seasons there before signing a five-year, $36.5-million US deal with the Chargers as a free agent.

According to a release announcing the move, the sole intent of the purchase is "the opportunity to give our kids more so they can be more successful."

The statement also said Franklin's vision includes purchasing land to accommodate an indoor training facility that would include an indoor turf field, library, basketball court, classrooms and pool table.


  • An earlier version of this story, taken from the original wire copy, identified the Los Angeles Chargers as the San Diego Chargers.
    Jan 16, 2017 6:39 PM ET