With so many breakout performances each week it truly can be, “any given Sunday” for a player to stand out and demand the attention of fans everywhere. Her Game Life will be profiling one athlete who we deem as our Athlete Of the Week. These athletes have proven their talents on the field, and happen to be very easy on the eyes. Check back weekly to see if your favorite player made the cut.
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bio: The Kansas State quarterback was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17th overall in the 2009 NFL draft. In high school, he was ranked the 9th best qb nationally. Once Freeman entered the NFL, everyone had high hopes for the 6’6” 240 lbs player. During his first game, Freeman became the youngest Buc quarterback in history to start and win his first game.
Athlete of the Week Honors: Although Freeman has struggled in his career; he may have turned a new leaf after putting on a stellar performance against the New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers did not pull out a win, but Freeman threw 40-plus times for 420 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. I’m not saying that this should be expected weekly, but this is a good sign. Freeman looked very comfortable relying on his strong arm. The running game has been useless for the Buccaneers, and if Freeman can stay consistent throwing the ball, it will breathe in a new life for the team.
Did You Know?: One top college program wanted Freeman as a tight end, although he was widely-known as a quarterback. Freeman was not interested because he had a longtime goal of becoming an NFL quarterback. Looks like you can check that goal off your list Josh.