Devonta Freeman’s dream of becoming an NFL running back came true when he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 103 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Determination and hard work – two traits that Freeman developed early as a child – helped him realize that dream.
According to the Miami Herald, Freeman had a tough childhood – working three jobs at the age of 12. By the time he was 13 years old, one of his jobs included working in a funeral home – a physically and mentally demanding job for anyone, especially a teenager. He worked all of these jobs because he was determined to help his mom support his family and six siblings as much as he could.
Now a rookie in the NFL, Freeman looks to continue to support his family while bringing that same drive, determination, and work ethic to the Atlanta Falcons.