Orlando Franklin of the Denver Broncos has a fan in Mayor Rob Ford.
Ford wore Franklin’s orange No. 74 jersey in the days before the Broncos were crushed 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Franklin, 26, who grew up in Scarborough, won high praise when he visited the mayor at his city hall office Tuesday.
Ford read out a proclamation congratulating the six-foot-seven, 330-pound right tackle.
“I truly wish you the best of success in your future endeavours, and win the next Super Bowl, buddy, again and again and again. There you go, partner,” Ford said.
Franklin took only two media questions before Ford escorted the player down the elevator outside the mayor’s 2nd-floor office.
Asked what he thought of Ford wearing his jersey, Franklin said: Anytime someone from Toronto supports me and the Denver Broncos, I’m happy. I’m from Toronto, so why not support Orlando Franklin?”
Asked if he had any advice for Ford in this election year, Franklin responded: “Just win.”