James Franklin

Over the past several years, Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin has become one of the top coaches in college football, but he hasn’t tried to move on and try his hand at coaching in the NFL. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that.

James Franklin recently revealed that he prefers coaching in college due to the relationships he develops with his young players.

“This is a relationship business,” Franklin said according to On3. “You’re trying to help young people grow and evolve along their journey. If it was just about wins and losses, you would go coach in the NFL. You’re coaching in college football to make a difference in people’s lives. Obviously, those are the things that you really take with you.

“Whether you’re being invited to Trace McSorley’s wedding this past summer or going to a guy’s graduation. There’s just so many examples of guys going on and doing really good things… So, at the end of the day, it’s about relationships and watching these guys achieve their dreams.”

Franklin did spend one season in the NFL, serving as the wide receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2005. But it’s safe to say he wants to stay at the college level for the rest of his career.