Orlando Franklin is calling it quits.
The former Broncos and Chargers offensive lineman announced Saturday that he is retiring after seven seasons in the NFL.
It’s striking that of the No. 1 analyst jobs at the four networks that carry NFL games, three are held by former Cowboys — Aikman, Romo and Witten.
Some of it has been the moon and the stars aligning, Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ senior vice president for communications, told USA TODAY Sports. They all had serendipitous stuff happen.
Aikman’s shot at a No. 1 role came when John Madden left Fox. Witten’s opportunity comes as Gruden went back to coaching. Romo landed after injuries wiped out the bulk of his final two seasons.
As Witten contemplated his move, Dalrymple told him, There are four of these jobs in the whole world as lead game analyst. They may not open up again in 10 years.
Sorry, Cowboys haters. Whenever that high-profile role opens up, well…
He wouldn’t beat Justify that day, but I’ll tell you what, he came out of that race really good. He cooled out in the testing barn after the race. He’s never trained better any time we’ve had him in the barn.
But Ruis had lost the race.
Then he lost his jockey.
For Ruis, it was not a day for California dreaming much less the aroma of Kentucky Derby roses. Javier Castellano, the jockey who had handled Bolt d’Oro so well, put the punctuation mark on Ruis’ doom and gloom. He telephoned the owner and told him:
I love your horse, but I never thought I would get this much pressure to ride Audible instead.
It was a jockey’s euphemism for I know how it feels to you, but a jockey can’t jeopardize his bread and butter.
Todd Pletcher has four horses in this Kentucky Derby and he wanted Castellano, who often rode for him, to be up on one of them.