|Date of birth||July 9, 1957|
|Place of birth||Doucette, Texas|
|NFL draft||1980 / Round: 5/ Pick 116|
|1986||New York Jets|
Franks was born on July 9, 1957 in Doucette, Texas. He attended Kirby High School in Woodville, Texas and college at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a full athletic scholarship for track and field, but after being approached by a football coach, he began to play for the football team.
In 1986, while he was a member of the Los Angeles Raiders, Franks was arrested in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Franks allegedly attempted to sell the drug to an undercover agent.