From the Branch


Freeman Hits the Lanes to Help Give Back

Posted Mar 13, 2016

On Saturday afternoon, Devonta Freeman spent his afternoon signing autographs, answering questions and bowling with fans for a charity event put on by his foundation.

Brunswick’s Norcross was full of celebrities on Saturday afternoon as Devonta Freeman hosted his first Celebrity Bowling Challenge event.

Atlanta’s Pro Bowl running back hosted this fundraiser for the Devonta Freeman Foundation, something that is near and dear to his heart. Freeman spent the day bowling with fans, signing autographs and hanging out with other Florida State alumni football players, many of who are current NFL players.

In just two years with the Falcons, Freeman has continuously shown his desire to make an impact in the community, and Saturday was telling of it all.

"I saw so many successful men in my life that gave back before," Freeman said of why giving back is so important to him. "Watching some of my mentors like Warrick Dunn and Luther Campbell and saying to myself, 'if they could have time to give back to the community, why not me?' I just want to help out and be one of the great ones off the field.”

Freeman had over 10 former Seminoles in attendance, including former great Falcon Warrick Dunn. Even his current star quarterback Matt Ryan made an appearance.

Getting all of those people to an event surely a difficult task, but Freeman’s genuine appreciation for giving back in the community makes it hard for others to not want to help him.

"I think it’s important that a guy who is trying to make an impact is to support in a way that I am a resource for him,” Dunn said at Freeman’s event. “I like the transition that he’s trying to make."

Before Freeman hit the lanes, he and his friends took part in a Q&A panel, where they answered questions ranging from their favorite college memory to the worst hit they ever took.

Perhaps the most interesting question of the day occurred when Freeman was asked what he plans to do when he was finished playing football. And his authentic response tells anyone everything they need to know about who No. 24 is behind the helmet.

“When I’m done playing football, I just want to give back,” Freeman said.

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