Devonta Freeman is a beast.
Freeman was drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was has excelled at every level of his young career and now gets to show off that talent on the biggest sporting stage in the world.
Because of Freeman’s incredible talent and the media-blitz that is the Super Bowl, we want to take the time to showcase 5 fast facts you need to know about Devonta Freeman.
1. Freeman set Records at Miami Central High School in Florida
Devonta Freeman went to Miami Central High School in West Little River, Florida. He was part of the team that led the school to the 2010 Class 6A state title. Freeman earned the games MVP honors after gaining 300+ yards.
In his senior year he played for Miami Dade County leading the league with 2,208 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. Freeman committed to Florida State in 2010.
2. He Helped Florida State University Win the 2014 BCS Championship
Freeman led the team with career highs in rushing with 1,016, a personal best 15 touchdowns and receiving yards with 278. All this while splitting carries with fellow running backs James Wilder Jr and Karlos Williams.
Freeman led the Seminoles in rushing yards in his first three seasons at Florida State. Freeman entered the NFL draft after his junior year.
3. He Wears Number 24 as a Tribute to his Aunt
Freeman wears the number 24 as a tribute to his aunt who died of a heart attack at age 24. Freeman was 14 years old at the time and has her name tattooed on his left arm.
In his rookie season with the Falcons he once again split time with running backs Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rogers. He ended the 2014 season with 248 rushing yards, 225 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Freeman is not married, but is dating a fellow Florida native, Malikah Nash. You can read more about her at the link below:
4. Freeman’s Career Got Off to a Hot Start, With 6 Rushing Touchdowns in His First 2 Starts
Rush for three touchdowns in each of his first two starts against Dallas and Houston and his career blossomed after that. Freeman’s three touchdowns against the Cowboys marked the first time an Atlanta running back rushed for three touchdowns since Michael Turner in 2010. His 141 yard performance was also the most by a Falcons running back since Turner’s 172 yards in 2011.
Freeman was selected to this first of two consecutive Pro-Bowls in 2015 and was named a Second Team All-Pro.
5. He Might Have Made Teddy Bridgewater Cry During a Little League Baseball Game
It has been said that during a little league baseball game, he made fellow Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater cry. The story goes that Freeman was playing catcher, and there was a lot of trash talking going on.
During the game, Freeman was trying to intimidate the opposing pitcher and psyched him out. The opposing pitched just happened to be Teddy Bridgewater. According to the story, Bridgewater was crying the whole game on the mound.
Freeman won’t confirm the story, but he did admit to hitting a home run against the future quarterback and talking all kinds of trash to him going on to say “I know I slapped a home run across the fence, and I was just talking junk.”