Josh Freeman is a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. After earning honorable mention All-American honors in his junior season at Kansas State, Freeman chose to forgo his senior season of eligibility and declared for the draft. Freeman is 6-feet, 6-inches tall, and weighs 250 pounds.
Prep Career
Josh Freeman played high school football at Grandview High School in Kansas City, MO. Freeman finished his high school career with over 7,000 career passing yards. Coming out of high school, he was ranked the 15th-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com. Freeman originally committed to Nebraska, but the Wildcats' hiring of new head coach Ron Prince convinced Freeman to switch his choice to Kansas State days before he was to sign his letter of intent.
College Career
As a freshman, Josh Freeman started the final eight games of the Wildcats' season. He was also the only true freshman QB in the country to lead his team to a bowl game. Freeman passed for 1,780 yards in 2006, the most ever by a Kansas State freshman.

In his sophomore season, Freeman threw for 3,353 yards, a Kansas State record. He also broke school records for completions, attempts, and 300-yard games in a season. As a junior, he racked up 20 TD passes and only threw eight interceptions, while also rushing for 14 TD. Freeman finished his Wildcats career as the school record holder for completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, and total offense, but his career record as a starter was only 14-18.
NFL Career
Freeman was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the 2009 season, Freeman signed a five-year/$36M contract, including $10.245M in guaranteed money.

Freeman made his NFL debut in mop-up duty in the Buccaneers Week 7 loss to the Patriots in London. He was named the starter for their next game, in Week 9. In his first career start, Freeman threw for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Buccaneers to their first win of the season. Freeman finished the 2009 season with 1,857 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He was 3-5 as the starting quarterback.
Josh Freeman's father, Ron, was a linebacker for the USFL's Pittsburgh Maulers and Orlando Renegades from 1984-1987. He served as defensive coordinator for Josh's Grandview High team. Ron also made a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, but lost in the Republican primary. Josh's brother, Caleb, is a linebacker at the University of Missouri.