On the night the Pro Bowl roster was announced, Devonta Freeman wasn't glued to his phone or T.V. awaiting the news. Rather, Atlanta's running back was out delivering Christmas gifts to families in need when Coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff shared the exciting news.
"Coach DQ [Dan Quinn] and Thomas [Dimitroff] said, 'Free, what are you doing?'" Freeman said. "And I said, 'I am handing out gifts to families.' They told me, 'we just want to tell you to make sure your mom is ready to fly.' I asked them where are we flying to? They said, 'you are going to Hawaii.' I just about broke down and thought they were lying. It was crazy."
Freeman spent his Tuesday spreading holiday cheer while giving presents to children of all ages at three different houses.
"It was a surprise to the kids," Freeman said. "They didn't know they were getting anything and I just wanted to share my blessings with them."
The 23-year-old credits his entire team for his first Pro Bowl nod.
"I give credit to the entire team," Freeman said. "It takes all 11 guys; it takes all of us for me to have this kind of success. All the credit goes to my team."
Tuesday night was one of pure happiness for Freeman, and it will be a memory he cherishes the rest of his life.
"It was one of the best days of my life," Freeman said.