The former Wayne High School star hoped for a career of longevity in the league but it all came to an abrupt halt with the news. Freeman has indeed turned the page to the next chapter in his life. He married his college sweetheart, Joanna Freeman, on Feb. 20. The two are the proud parents of 2 Â½-year old Vincent Freeman, a.k.a Buddy.
Although Freeman’s playing days are over, he hasn’t strayed far from the game. He’s trading in his uniform for the infamous Tressel sweater vest. Freeman will work as an undergraduate assistant on the Buckeyes football coaching staff this season.
"Coach (Jim) Tressel gave me the opportunity to be on the staff,” Freeman said. “It’s a lot different than playing, but it’s exciting because it gives me the chance to stay close to football. You feel like you’re a part of the team since playing football was taken away from me so quickly. Hopefully, one day I can become a coach.”
Despite having three knee surgeries in college, Freeman had a productive playing career while at Ohio State. He’s three classes away from obtaining his master’s degree in sports management and has no regrets.
“I think you have to find the positive in everything,” Freeman said. “God has a plan for everybody and this was his plan for me. You can’t have football as the head of your life because that can be taken away at any moment. My family and religion definitely comes first in my life. I can still be successful without playing the game. I’m excited and motivated about starting my new life.”