Indianapolis Colts Jerrell Freeman celebrates a fumble recovery during the first half Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSONfirstname.lastname@example.org
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman celebrates sack with team mate linebacker Robert Mathis during their game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Of all the first-year players making it onto the Indianapolis Colts roster this season, Jerrell Freeman’s first impression took the least amount of time to make.
About the time people were flipping through game programs on Sept. 9 to see who the white-jerseyed No. 50 was, the linebacker with the Canadian Football League résumé was returning a Jay Cutler pass 4 yards for a touchdown.
Even in a 41-21 season-opening loss to Chicago, Freeman had become a story. The CFL player who came south of the border more than held his own at the highest level.
It’s at this point the 26-year-old out of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division-III football power based in Belton, Texas, could have rested comfortably on his newfound laurels. Sort of a, “Look, I made the show, so now it’s cruise control” kind of mentality.
To Freeman’s credit, the few seconds of limelight only made him hungrier.