World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman
Date of birth: (1953-05-08) May 8, 1953
Place of birth: Lamesa, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Defensive back
College: Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 5 / Pick 117
(By the New England Patriots)
Organizations
As player:
1975-1986
1987
Buffalo Bills
Minnesota Vikings
Career stats
Playing stats at

Steven Jay Freeman (born May 8, 1953 in Lamesa, Texas) is a former American football defensive back, and currently serves as an American football game official for the National Football League.

Freeman played college football at Mississippi State University, becoming the Bulldogs' leader in interceptions during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.[1] He was later named as one of the Southeastern Conference Football Legends.[2]

He was selected by the National Football League's New England Patriots during the 1975 NFL Draft. However, he was released by the Patriots before the start of the regular season, and eventually signed with the Buffalo Bills. Freeman spent 12 season with Buffalo, compiling 23 career interceptions and three touchdowns.[3] In 1980 alone, he intercepted seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. He spent his last NFL season, 1987, with the Minnesota Vikings after being traded by the Bills.[4]

After retiring as a player, Freeman became an American football official, working in college football's Southeastern Conference and NFL Europe before joining the NFL in 2001 as a back judge. As an official, he wears uniform number 133 and is on the officiating crew headed by referee Jeff Triplette.

One of Freeman's teammates in Buffalo was linebacker Jim Haslett, who later became head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Despite the fact the two men were teammates for several seasons, Freeman was not prohibited from working Saints games during Haslett's six-year tenure as the Saints coach from 2000-2005. While in the SEC, Freeman was prohibited from working Mississippi State games, as league rules do not allow officials to work games involving their alma mater.

Freeman currently resides in Mississippi and is married and has three children. Freeman's son, Brad, was a four-year letterman on the Mississippi State baseball team and helped the Bulldogs reach the College World Series in 1997 and 1998, and in 2014, he was hired to join the NFL as a Field Judge after serving as a Field Judge in the SEC.

References

  1. ^ "Four named to MSU Sports Hall of Fame". Mississippi State University. 2000. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Past SEC Football Legends". Southeastern Conference. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Miller, Jeffrey J. (2012). "75: From Red, White and Blue to Black and White". 100 Things Bills Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN . 
  4. ^ "Where Are They Now: Steve Freeman". BuffaloBills.com. 2003-03-12. Archived from the original on 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.