Mike Freeman

As a writer for 25 years (follow him on Twitter @mikefreemanNFL) for nationally respected media outlets, Mike Freeman is grateful to those who paved the way for him to follow his passion. But enough about his dream of becoming an astronaut or lead Trekker … From Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser to Bill Rhoden, Jackie MacMullan, Jeff Pearlman and others, Freeman is inspired to write stories that you won’t find anywhere else. “My goal is to always keep it real,” he said. Freeman, to date, has written or contributed to 10 books, his most recent being "Football’s Fearless Activists: How Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, and Fellow Athletes Stood Up to the NFL and President Trump." Freeman believes the players who protest(ed) are heroes, and their stories should never be forgotten. Freeman is a national award winner whose accolades include a Library Journal “This Season’s Football Picks” (2016) for the book he wrote with former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask, "You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League." In 2005 he became one of a handful of writers to have at least three nominations in the Associated Press Sports Editor’s writing contest with three in the top 10. He won the Florida Sports Writers Association Shelby Strother Award for that year’s outstanding sports journalist in the state’s largest circulation category the same year. His book "Bloody Sundays: Inside the Dazzling, Rough-and-Tumble World of the NFL" was named a New York Times notable book in 2003. A native of Baltimore, Md., Freeman attended the University of Maryland University College from where he received his undergraduate degree, and went on to earn a master’s from Goucher College. Freeman’s earlier work as a sports reporter included Bleacher Report,, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Florida Times Union. A certified private pilot, Freeman’s childhood professional goals were, shall we say, out of this world. He wanted to be an astronaut. Or captain of a starship.
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