After playing college football at Boston College, Francois played with three of the four teams in the NFC North his rookie season. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2009, then released and signed by the Detroit Lions, then again released until signing with the Packers that same season.
Francois played his college football at Boston College, becoming teammates with current Green Bay Packers nose guard B.J. Raji. After redshirting in 2004, Francois played in all 12 games in 2005, all 13 games in 2006 (seven starts), and 13 games in 2007. In 2008 during his senior season, Francois started every game.
After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Francois was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. After playing one pre-season game, he was waived on August 18 after the team signed former Green Bay Packers legend, Brett Favre.
Francois was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 19, 2009. After playing one pre-season game, he was waived on August 30.
Green Bay PackersEdit
Francois was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad December 7, 2009, marking his third NFC North team in the same season. On January 11, 2010 Francois signed a reserve/future contract.
After being released during roster cuts before the start of the 2010 season, Francois would be brought back on October 13, 2010 and was later promoted to the active roster due to the injuries of linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar. Francois gained the ire of the coaching staff in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins on a fourth down punt where he illegally lined up against the long snapper, prompting a penalty that extended the Miami drive into a game-changing Miami touchdown. The Packers would come back to tie the game, but lost in overtime to drop to 3-3.
Francois was released three weeks later on November 9, 2010 but re-added to the squad on November 15 after the suffered more season-ending injuries to the linebacker corps.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com