Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 8/15/12
New_york_giants_c2e7

Antonio Freeman was one of Brett Favre’s greatest weapons. Sure, throughout his Green Bay career there was Donald Driver, Bill Schroeder, Corey Bradford, Bubba Franks, Javon Walker, and Robert Ferguson. But it’s Freeman who is the most underrated out of all of them.

Freeman played football at Virginia Tech, he caught 93 balls for 1,534 yards and 16 touchdowns through his junior season. Green Bay selected Freeman in the 3rd round of the 1995 to play kick returner/punt returner/wide receiver. In his rookie season Freeman only had 8 catches for 106 yards and touchdown. On special teams he had 292 punting yards (long 26), 556 kick return yards (long 45), and 7 fumbles. His biggest highlight came in the playoffs against Atlanta, when he returned a 76-yard touchdown. The next year he didn’t see any return opportunities because of Desmond Howard, but did make a huge impact as a Brett Favre receiver. He led the team in receptions (56), yards (933), and was 2nd in touchdowns with ten. That team would go on to win the Super Bowl; Freeman had three receptions for 105 yards in the win.

The next season Freeman completely broke out as Favre’s favorite target on a NFC Champion team. Antonio reeled in 81 balls for 1,243 yards (77.7 Y/G) and 12 touchdowns. The following year Freeman somehow out-did himself for his best career year. With the help of Favre throwing for 4,212 yards and 31 touchdowns, Freeman had 84 receptions, 1,424 yards (league leading), and 14 touchdowns. He was almost an automatic 100-yard player that season, as he was a huge deep ball threat with a 17.0 Y/R. That year was surprisingly his only Pro Bowl season.

In 1999 he fell off a bit, but still managed to have his 3rd straight 1,000-yard season. The next season he missed 1,000 yards, but had 9 touchdowns, including this one against the Vikings in OT on Monday Night.



In 2002 Freeman left Favre to join Donovan McNabb for one season. He had 46 receptions, 600 yards, and four touchdowns before retuning to Green Bay for his final year. He was limited behind Donald Driver, Javon Walker, and Robert Furguson but more importantly was able to retire a Packer.

Freeman is 6th all-time in Green Bay Packers for most receptions with 431.

-Schotz

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Usain Bolt does LeBron stomp dance after relay win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Vick's first pass as a Steeler is a 63-yard bomb

WATCH: Montana's Ben Roberts makes amazing TD catch

Report: Robert Griffin III doesn’t believe he ever had a concussion

Arkansas punter arrested after found urinating on a light pole

Rex Ryan names all four QBs as Buffalo Bills captains in Week 3

Trent Williams signs $66 million contract extension

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker