Antonio Freeman named honorary Big 33 chairman

April 24, 2013|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

The Big 33 Scholarship Foundation Inc. has announced that Poly graduate and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman will be the honorary chairman of the 56th Big 33 Football Classic in June. Freeman played for Maryland in the 1990 Big 33 game.

In 1995, Freeman was drafted in the third round by the Packers. In Super Bowl XXXL, he had three receptions for 105 yards to help the Packers beat the New England Patriots.

During his NFL career with the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, he amassed over 7,000 receiving yards, caught over 400 passes and scored more than 60 touchdowns.

Freeman played in college at Virginia Tech, where he caught 121 passes for 2,207 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.

What Freeman remembers most about the Big 33 Classic is not the game but the experience.

"It was such a memorable week," he said in a news release. "I stayed with a host family for game week, and we still keep in touch, getting to know the Buddies and spending time with them -- not to mention the actual football game. The game showed me there are so many talented football players. It is incredible how close you and your teammates become in just one week. It is an overall experience I will never forget.

"I am honored to be the 2013 Big 33 honorary chairman. Big 33 is such an amazing event. There is no other all-star football game like it in the country. I have great memories as a Big 33 player and [am] looking forward to being a part of Big 33 again," Freeman said.

The 56th Big 33 Football Classic will be played on June 15 at Hersheypark Stadium and televised live on the NFL Network. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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