Dennis Franks is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduate of Bethel Park High School. Dennis was recruited by more than 100 colleges to play Football or pursue Track and Field. Dennis accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan where he majored in Economics. Dennis started three years as an offensive center and was awarded All Big Ten and Second Team All American Honors in his senior year.
Dennis played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions for 5 years. He captained the special teams and was named Most Valuable Player during his years in Philadelphia. Dennis finished his NFL career with the Detroit Lions where he helped build the Lions back to a playoff contender!
For more than 30 years after football, Dennis has applied his high energy, team building talents and communication skills to making a difference for Sales forces, Management Teams and Entrepreneurs in 10 countries around the world. Dennis has successfully impacted business professionals in the Distribution, Internet Marketing, Franchising, Pharmaceutical, Health, Direct Sales and Construction industries. His most powerful talks have been built around themes like I.M.P.A.C.T. Selling, Life Is A Contact Sport, and Get Into The Game.
Since 1992, Dennis served as Executive Vice President of Market America | SHOP.COM, a global internet-based, product brokerage and one to one marketing company headquartered in Greensboro. He is part owner of SHOP.COM, an internet shopping site, ranked among the top 100 online retailers worldwide. He has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs create their own path to financial freedom. He not only earned the respect of those he mentored and motivated, but he also earned their love.
He co-authored The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory with friend and fellow Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Papale. There, they unpacked the wisdom gained in sports, business, and in life. The book’s title derives from a Hall of Fame photo of Dennis and Vince as they have “the last laugh,” celebrating the win that paved the way to Super Bowl XV. The image depicts not only the emotion felt after winning a game, but the joy that comes from any accomplishment against the odds, in the face of naysayers and doubters.
Dennis fought hard for everything he achieved. His larger-than-life personality inspired greatness in everyone he met. He leaves a huge void, but his beautiful legacy lives on through his family (wife Nancy, daughters Lauren and Katie, and grandchildren Izzy, William, and Cruz) and the many lives he touched.