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Dec 17

Former Bronco Orlando Franklin hiking with random Coloradans to lose weight – FOX 31 Denver

DENVER (KDVR) Every morning from 9 a.m. until noon, Colorado sports fans are greeted with the rich timbre of Orlando Franklins voice. The former Broncos offensive lineman now works as a sports talk radio host for 104.3 The Fan.

His work on the radio has allowed his physical appearance to slide under the radar, until now.

Big O, as hes affectionately known by Broncos fans, recently posted a picture to social media, showing off his remarkable weight loss.

I want people to look at me and say, Man, if Orlando can do it, I can do it,' says Franklin.

But its how hes gotten in shape, thats catching many by surprise.

Franklin has taken to hiking, even inviting complete strangers along for the journey.

I found a way to do things where I can see Colorado, burn a ton of calories, but meet new, good people as well.

Until last year, Franklin had never been hiking in Colorado, despite playing for the Broncos for 4 years.

He says he was at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science when he stumbled upon a book in the gift shop.

I stopped in the gift shop, and literally saw a book that said 50 hikes in Colorado, he says. And it was all over the state, and I was like, Man, I want to do this.'

Franklin turned to social media to ask his fans for advice.

And my first hike, four people showed up, and I was like, Man, this is awesome. And I just started doing it every Saturday.

Franklin has been hosting hikes ever since, and even climbed his first 14er this summer.He has also stopped drinking alcohol, and in the past year has managed to lose nearly 100 pounds.

I told myself, because we were getting ready to have our second child, this is something that I have to do, he says.I have to make sure that I have more energy, were playing man-to-man defense now, one parent has one kid, the other parent has the other, so youre fully engaged.

One of the first strangers to join Franklin was Dave Roberts, a Denver sports fan who heard about Franklins hikes on the radio.

When we first started, he would stop, not joking, every quarter mile. Because he was maybe in football shape, but not hiking shape, says Roberts. Imjust super proud of him. He went from not even walking a quarter mile in the mountains, to hiking a 14er.

Orlando is hoping to hike five 14ers in 2021, and hopes his story will inspire others to get outside.

You cant take care of other people in this world unless you take care of yourself, he says.

If youd like to hike with Orlando, shoot him a message on Instagram.

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