Things Slower Than James Franklin On Draft Night

James Franklin’s got some jets on him!

Last night, two Nittany Lions were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Neither was in Detroit, but rather with their respective families, which both happened to be in Maryland.

Offensive lineman Olu Fashanu was selected No. 11 overall by the New York Jets, and Penn State head coach James Franklin was in attendance to celebrate. Then, when Chop Robinson got selected at No. 21 by the Miami Dolphins, Franklin was there, too. The only issue? Fashanu and Robinson live an hour and 11 minutes away.

It’s unclear whether Franklin used planes, trains, or automobiles to get to Chop in time, but he pulled it off. Say what you want about Franklin, but he turned the jets on to be there for his guys on their big night. To put Franklin’s speed into perspective, we’ve compiled a list of things slower than Franklin last night.


The speed of light is one of the benchmarks of quickness. In fact, light moves at a ridiculous speed of 299,792,458 meters per second. This is almost as fast as James Franklin had to move to make it on time to Robinson’s house to watch him get selected.


Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world. They’ve got a reputation for being extremely quick with the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. However, I bet if you had a Cheetah race Franklin from Fashanu’s house to Robinson’s house, Franklin would win.

Formula Rossa

Formula Rossa is a launch coaster at a Ferrari-themed amusement park in Abu Dhabi. It also boasts the current world record for the fastest rollercoaster in the world, launching 240 kilometers per hour or around 149 miles per hour. Franklin moved quicker than this to get to Robinson, probably risking a speeding ticket.

Me Leaving The Pollock Testing Center After My Final Exam

Once I wrap up my last final exam for the semester, I’m gonna be booking it out of the Pollock Testing Center. I may personally be faster than cheetahs and the rollercoaster, but I still won’t get even close to the speeds that Franklin was clocking last night.

Usain Bolt

The fastest man on Earth, Usain Bolt, is known around the world for his sheer dominance in the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics. At his peak, Bolt ran at a top speed of 27.33 miles per hour. The only man who can beat him in a foot race? James Franklin (if it’s draft night).

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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