Summarized by Kent Larsen
Eagles' Draft Pick Frank Disappears From Training Camp
Philadelphia PA Inquirer 17Jul00 S2
By Phil Sheridan: Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA -- John Frank, the LDS Church member chosen
6th by the Eagles in the NFL draft, is AWOL from training camp,
worrying Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid (also an LDS Church
member). Frank, who signed a contract with the Eagles last week, had
reported to camp Saturday night as expected, but didn't show up for
the team's first practice.
Frank's disappearance led to rumors that he has decided he doesn't
want to play football, but Reid announced through the Eagle's Publi
Relations Office following the Eagles' afternoon practice Sunday
that he had been in touch with Frank and that he had missed the first
day for personal reasons. Frank also didn't make the team's 7 p.m.
meeting that night.
His disappearance, however, still led the Eagles to wonder about
Frank, a returned missionary that the Inquirer finds intriguing
because he also sings and plays saxophone in a swing band and because
of his missionary service. The Ealges announced that they would
review his status and announce their decision within 24 hours.
Reached in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Frank's mother told the Inquirer
that she was also waiting to hear from her son, but was confident he
still wanted to play for the Eagles, "John was very excited to be
drafted by the Eagles," Beverly Frank said. "We just hope there can
be a resolution of this situation and he will stay with the Eagles."