With so much focus on football players as athletes, it’s no surprise they often feel looked over as everyday people.
Can anyone really blame them?
Sure, all players want to be known for their skills on the field but at the end of the day, they are regular people with hobbies and goals that often times go way beyond football. Current superstar, running back, Royce Freeman is no exception.
Over the Summer, I caught up with Freeman in Hollywood at the Pac 12 Media Day and then again at Oregon’s Media Day in Eugene. After a long day of fielding questions in Hollywood, I simply asked, “Royce, what do you wish people asked you about?”
“My personal life. Other stuff besides football,” Freeman answered.
Given his shy demeanor, his response was somewhat surprising. Luckily, getting to know more about a player’s life is right up my alley.
After a lengthy sit down, Freeman offered a variety of fun facts that Ducks fans probably didn’t know about him.
1. He hates the heat.
Yes, he is from SOUTHERN California and even now living in Oregon, he says he doesn’t do much outdoors because “It’s too hot.” Say what? I bet you’ve never heard someone say that before.
2. His current favorite off-the-field hobby is playing video games.
FIFA to be exact. Ok, ok. This probably comes as no surprise to anyone.
3. He wants to be a counselor.
After playing football as long as he can, Freeman says he hopes to become a relationship counselor which is something he’s been interested in for a long time. This is something he thinks most fans would be surprised to know.
4. His favorite TV Show is The Originals.
“It just tops every show,” Freeman said. “There’s not even a good reason, you’ve got to watch it and see.”
In case you’re out of the loop, The Originals is described by IMDB as, “A family of power-hungry thousand-year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.”
5. He doesn’t think the Ducks’ are currently underrated.
“I don’t feel we’re underrated,” Freeman said this Summer. “I feel like honestly, we haven’t deserved anything by the performance we had last year. . . . as a group, we need to come together. The offense and defense need to be on at the same time.”
Freeman has since said he hopes to play “Every down.” Yeah, that may help a bit.
6. He is currently learning sign language.
It took teammate, Juwaan Williams, to let this cat out of the bag. It turns out several Ducks are currently learning sign language. More on that story to come. . .