When mentioning great wide receivers for the Green Bay Packers, Antonio Freeman’s name has to come up. While his numbers may not jump off the pages of the record books, Freeman delivered many memorable plays in a Green Bay uniform, including the famous “He did WHAT?” call on Monday Night Football.
During his eight seasons in Green Bay, Freeman hauled in 431 catches for 6,651 yards and 57 touchdowns. In the Green Bay record books, Freeman is sixth in receptions, sixth in yards and fourth in touchdown catches. In the postseason, he appeared in 12 games and two Super Bowls. He caught 47 passes in playoff football for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns. The most significant play that the receiver delivered in the postseason was in the big game. Freeman snagged a Brett Favre pass and took it 81 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXI, setting a Super Bowl record for longest touchdown reception. While that record has been eclipsed, Freeman still recalls that moment as the best play of his career.
Freeman led the Packers in receiving yards in each season from 1996-99. During the 1998 season, Freeman accounted for 1,424 yards, which put him atop the NFL for that season. As Freeman’s career came to close, he spent a season in Philadelphia before returning to Green Bay to retire a Packer.
Before coming to Green Bay, Freeman played college ball at Virginia Tech, about five hours from his hometown in Baltimore. While at Virginia Tech, Freeman put up decent numbers over three seasons. In the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft, the Packers selected Freeman with the 90th overall pick.
After re-living all of the great moments of Freeman’s career, what is the guy doing now? Currently, Freeman is a part of Comcast SportsNet Washington, where he provides commentary for Redskins games. He has also appeared on ESPN’s NFL Live and First Take, as well as College GameDay in support of Virginia Tech. In 2012, Freeman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
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