Former CFL quarterback James Franklin seeking buyer for 2015 Grey Cup ring

Photo courtesy: James Franklin (@JFrankTank1)

Are you looking to own an illustrious piece of CFL history? For the right price, you could be the owner of a shiny new ring.

Former CFL quarterback James Franklin tweeted several photos of his 2015 Grey Cup ring on Monday asking if anyone would like to purchase the hardware. It appears the sale would include the ring, its commemorative case as well as documents of authenticity.

The Missouri product won the ring as a rookie with the Edmonton Football Team while serving as a backup to veteran quarterback Michael Reilly. He dressed for 17 games that season and completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 973 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception along with 16 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Franklin remained with the team for two more seasons as a backup to Reilly, finishing his tenure in Edmonton with 1,449 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and one interception. He was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in December 2017, two months before he was set to become a free agent.

The six-foot-two, 235-pound passer signed a fresh two-year contract with the Argonauts one month later and took over as the team’s starter in Week 3 after Ricky Ray suffered a career-ending injury to his neck. He went 2-6 as the team’s starter, completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,034 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Franklin started the first two games of the 2019 season for Toronto but suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by McLeod Bethel-Thompson. He finished the season by dressing for nine games with four starts, throwing for 822 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions.

The native of Oklahoma City, Okla. was released by the Argonauts in February 2020 and signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was expected to serve as the backup to Cody Fajardo. He signed a one-year extension following the cancellation of the COVID-19 pandemic but chose not to report to the team, announcing his retirement in April 2021 after indicating that he’d lost his passion for the game.