Freeman Hopes to Follow Dunn’s Footsteps in Atlanta

Florida State running back Devonta Freeman didn’t know where he would begin his NFL career, but after one visit with the Atlanta Falcons, he knew where he wanted it to begin.

Speaking with media moments after hearing his name announced with Atlanta’s fourth-round pick, Freeman could hardly contain his excitement and said after that one visit to Atlanta, he hoped and prayed they would select him. Things worked out well for Freeman and after repeatedly saying how blessed he was to be in this position, he made a promise.

“I promise I’m going to go to work every single day,” he said.

Freeman’s ties to former Falcon running back Warrick Dunn made the appeal of Atlanta even stronger. Freeman rushed for 1,016 yards during Florida State’s national championship run last season, becoming the first back at FSU to eclipse 1,000 yards since Dunn did it in 1996. Freeman believes a career like Dunn’s wouldn’t be so bad and that’s who he is choosing to model his NFL career after.

“That’s kind of why I had a feeling I was going to be an Atlanta Falcon bird because I felt like I follow his footsteps in Atlanta,” he said. “I want to be great like he was. I want to give to the community. I want to speak too the community. I’m just happy to be part of the Atlanta Falcons and I want to follow his foot steps. We have so many similarities.”