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Freeman McNeil
Running back
Jersey #(s)
Born April 22, 1959 (1959-04-22) (age 50)
Jackson, Mississippi
Career information
Year(s) 19811992
NFL Draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
College UCLA
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing Yards 8,074
Average 4.5
Touchdowns 38
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Freeman McNeil (born April 22, 1959 in Jackson, Mississippi) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New York Jets in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. After leading Banning High School to the Los Angeles City football title, the 5'11", 214 lbs. running back attended UCLA, where he was a two time all Pac-10 selection. In his final game, he caught a deflected pass from quarterback Jay Schroeder that was tipped by USC defensive back Jeff Fisher and went 57 yards for the winning touchdown in the Bruins 20-17 win. McNeil played in 12 NFL seasons for the Jets from 1981-1992. During the mid to late 80's he was a member of the Jets 2 Headed Monster backfield along with teammate Johnny Hector, a tandem that ranked among the leagues elite. He currently ranks second in Jets team history in rushing yards. In 1982, McNeil led the NFL in rushing with 786 yards. He is one of a few running backs in NFL history to average 4.0 yards per carry in every season he played. In 2005, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Freeman currently lives in Huntington, NY on Long Island.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Clark Gaines/Scott Dierking
New York Jets Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Blair Thomas/Brad Baxter
Awards and achievements


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