Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Rod Franz

Rod Franz


  • Position: Guard
  • School: California
  • High School: San Francisco, CA (Galileo HS)
  • Years: 1946-1949
  • Inducted: 1977
  • Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
  • Date of Birth: Feb 08, 1925
  • Place of Death: Sacramento, CA
  • Date of Death: Nov 27, 1999
  • Jersey Number: 67
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 198

Member Biography

Rodney Thomas Franz played guard at the University of California from 1946 through 1949. Starting as a freshman recently released from the Army Air Corps, he played forty consecutive games, including two Rose Bowl games. He helped California turn around from a 2-7 season to 9-1, 10-1, 10-1 seasons, with two of those three losses coming in the Rose Bowl in close games with Northwestern and Ohio State. After gaining some honorable mention All-America notice as a freshman, Franz became only the second Pacific Coast player to become a three-time All-America (Washington State's Ed Goddard was the first), winning All-America mention in 1947, 1948 and unanimous selection in 1949. Franz not only opened holes on offense for backs like fellow Hall of Famer Jackie Jensen, he excelled at defense. In a game against Washington, in which the Bears allowed only 61 yards total offense, Franz admonished his teammates, "Let's tighten up, gang," he said, "they gained a yard that time." Following graduation, he coached high school football and then joined the California coaching staff, leaving in 1957 to enter business. Franz played one year under Frank Wickhorst and three under Lynn Waldorf. He was born Feb. 8, 1925 in San Francisco. He died Nov. 27, 1999, at Sacramento, Califorina.