The Kansas State NFL draft streak continued in 2009 when Josh Freeman was drafted in the first round, number 17 overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh played six seasons in the NFL, playing in 62 games and starting 61 of them. He played five years with the Buccaneers and also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts. He most recently played for a couple of teams in the CFL and recently announced his retirement from football on May 26th, 2018.
His NFL stats are below:
Freeman holds several Tampa Bay franchise records that I was not aware of:
- Highest quarterback rating in a single season – 95.9 (2010) (in 16 starts)
- Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a single season- 5 (2010) (tied with Doug Williams)
- Most game winning drives in a single season- 5 (2010) (tied with Brad Johnson)
- Highest completion percentage in a single season – 62.8 (Min. 500 attempts) (2011)
- Most touchdown passes thrown in consecutive games – 15 (2010-2011)
- Fewest interceptions in a single season: 6 (2010) (in 16 starts)
- Longest pass completion: 95 (vs New Orleans Saints) (2012)
- Most pass completions in a career – 1,144 (2009-2013)
- Most consecutive seasons, 3,000 yards passing – 3 (2010-2012) (tied with Brad Johnson and Jameis Winston)
- Most seasons with 3,000+ passing yards – 3 (tied with Brad Johnson and Jameis Winston)
- Most passing touchdowns in a career – 80 (2009-2013)
- Most passing touchdowns in a game – 5 (tied) (December 26, 2010 vs. Seattle Seahawks)
Not sure what Josh’s plans are after his retirement from football. We’ll have to wait and see.
That’s the only K-State draft pick in 2009. 2010 will be a short blog post like this one was….