There are certain sights Johnathan Franklin got used to seeing while growing up in California.
A moose head in the Packers equipment room was not one of those things.
“I saw a moose head in a room the other day and I went crazy. I ain’t seen none of this,” Franklin said, via Martin Hendricks of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I said, ‘Is that real? Did you really kill a moose?’ It’s so different here. I saw a porcupine the other day, I mean it’s crazy.”
The fourth-round pick from UCLA has plenty more culture shock in his future, as he goes from living in Los Angeles to the league’s smallest market.
There will be cheese curds, for one thing.
“Oh my gosh, from Los Angles to Green Bay, Wisconsin,” Franklin said. “Boy, I tell ya. It’s like night and day.”
Of course, his hometown’s relative disinterest in the NFL is another thing he’ll have to adjust to.
“The tradition here is something else,” he said. “The prestige of this franchise and how historic it is, and the players that have come through and how the community owns and supports it. I mean it’s amazing.”
Almost as amazing as seeing your first porcupine.