NFC Offensive Player of the Week (wk17)
On Wednesday, the National Football League named Freeman its NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17. Coupled with his receipt of the same award in Week Five, Freeman is the first Buccaneer player since 2002 to take the honor twice in the same season.
In fact, Freeman joins former quarterback Brad Johnson (2002) as the only players in franchise history to be named Offensive Player of the Week more than once in the same campaign. The NFL has been distributing the award since 1984. Prior to 2010, no Buccaneer had won it even once since 2004.
Against the Saints, Freeman completed exactly 21 of 26 passes (80.8%) for the second week in a row, turning them into 255 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Playing without two of his top receivers – Arrelious Benn and Sammie Stroughter – he hooked up with 10 different pass-catchers, including five rookies.
Freeman was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week Five, after he led the Buccaneers to a comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In that contest, he completed 20 of 33 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and one interception.