- Name: Jack Freeman IV
- Position: Offensive Line (center/guard)
- College: University of Houston
- Height: 6’3
- Weight: 300
- Twitter: jackfreemaniv
- Instagram: jackfreemaniv
What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?
I’ve demonstrated my resilience and will to succeed by overcoming adversity and disappointments in the past. My leadership abilities are unrivaled—not only do I lead by example, but I also motivate and inspire my teammates to achieve their maximum potential. I am known for my adaptability and versatility, as well as my ability to smoothly switch between different positions and play styles. I have a history of making game-changing plays and have routinely outperformed top-tier opponents.
At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I first became interested in the sport of football at the young age of three. At our first house, my dad would place a football in front of a half wall and have me kick it over like a field goal. As I grew older, my passion for football evolved into a relentless drive to excel, pushing me to continually hone my skills and strive for greatness on and off the field.
What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
One thing that NFL teams should know about me is my constant want to improve my professionalism beyond the field, as I continuously study film and evaluate opponents to gain a strategic advantage.
If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
If I could donate to one cause in the world, it would be the Shriners Hospital for countless numbers of children in need. I feel that donations will allow the hospital to continue delivering great medical care, specialized treatments, and important support services to children suffering from orthopedic disorders such as burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and cleft palate. This will offer smiles, healing, and renewed hope to these young patients and their families, making a difference in their lives for the long term.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Some of the best advice I have ever received is that failure is a natural part of life, and it gives significant lessons and possibilities for progress. Accept setbacks as learning opportunities and use them to propel your future success. We all have an expiration date and time does not stop for anybody, so try to be 1% better than you were yesterday.
Who was your childhood hero?
Both of my parents are my childhood heroes because they worked tirelessly throughout my upbringing, ensuring my sisters and I had the best life possible. They dedicated themselves to providing for us, making countless sacrifices along the way. My dad not only fulfilled his demanding job but also coached me in all my sports, imparting valuable lessons about hard work and determination. Despite my mom having to retire early due to her cancer treatments, she remains an unwavering source of support, rarely missing a game and continuously cheering me on. Their unwavering dedication, love, and resilience make them my ultimate heroes.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
Joseph Manjack (wide receiver) broke his hand last year and will have a big breakout season this year. He is a leader by example, a great teammate, and a positive role model for the entire team and staff.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when somebody blatantly leaves their trash behind without throwing it away.
Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
In August 2021, I encountered a series of difficult events that tested my resilience and understanding of the importance of mental health. Within a short period, I lost my starting job in football, witnessed my mom’s cancer worsening, and went through a heartbreaking experience with my girlfriend at the time. At just 22 years old, it was the most adverse situation I had ever faced. This experience shed light on the significance of athletes’ mental health and reminded me that we are not immune to real-life struggles, both within and outside the realm of sports. It reinforced the understanding that athletes, just like anyone else, have emotions, vulnerabilities, and a need for support during challenging times. Despite the huge hurdles that awaited me in 2021-2022, I was able to overcome them. I overcame difficulties by obtaining assistance from loved ones, engaging in self-care activities, and remaining resilient. I remained motivated to reclaim control of my life and committed to personal development. I was able to conquer the hardships and emerge stronger on the other side via perseverance and a commitment to my mental well-being. This allowed me to eventually fulfill one of my biggest goals while at a University and that was being voted captain by my teammates.
Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
Something that is very special about the University of Houston to me personally was their taking a chance on a small-town boy. UH was my first offer and I truly have felt like I was meant to be here since the day I was offered a scholarship. It has taught me many valuable lessons, allowed me to meet lifelong friends, and truly find myself. UH has helped me continuously find out new things about not only myself but about life and the people living in this world. I was able to support marches, campaigns, and community service functions that I was never aware of while growing up in a small town. Also, I would like to add how the support I have from UH is unbelievable and it truly showed when I tweeted out my mom’s GoFundMe link. I am very thankful and fortunate to be a forever Coog and UH Alumni.
What is your favorite snack food?
My favorite snack food is chips and salsa
What is the best part of football?
The best part of football is being on the field, in game mode, adrenaline pumping like no other, the whole play starting with the ball in my hand and the call upfront led by me. All of this happening while the roaring stadium becomes silent in my head, clearing the mechanism knowing the man in front of you is the enemy and the guy behind you is equivalent to your mom. Nobody should ever touch her.
If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
I strive to embody authenticity and passion for the game, surrounding myself with individuals who share a positive mindset, and fostering a supportive and inspiring environment both on and off the field.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
If I were to compare myself to an NFL player, Jason Kelce would be the closest match due to our shared attributes in terms of size, combine numbers, and unwavering resilience in never backing down from a challenge. Having closely observed him over the years, I greatly admire his commanding presence in the huddle, which aligns with his playing style. As a center, I recognize the pivotal role I play in ensuring the play’s execution, and I take immense pride in embracing that responsibility.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
- Tom Brady- If I had the chance to meet Tom Brady whom I believe is the greatest of all time, I would humbly request the opportunity to absorb his wisdom and seek his valuable advice. Having the privilege to learn from someone of his caliber would truly be a dream come true, as his insights and guidance could greatly enhance my own abilities and understanding of the game. The opportunity to engage in a conversation with him, to listen and learn from his experiences, would undoubtedly leave an indelible impact on my journey as an athlete.
- Leonardo da Vinci- If given the opportunity to speak with Leonardo da Vinci, I would be curious to inquire about his rationale behind the composition of the Last Supper and the choice of a seemingly modest setting for the Mona Lisa, considering the latter’s immense fame. I would be intrigued to understand his artistic intentions, the symbolism he aimed to convey, and the unique perspectives he sought to present through these renowned works. Exploring the thoughts and motivations of a master like da Vinci would undoubtedly offer profound insights into his creative process and the enduring appeal of his masterpieces.
- My Mimi (grandmother)- If I had the chance to meet her, I would experience a bittersweet mix of emotions—sadness for the fact that she passed away before I was born, but also a heartwarming feeling knowing that she had expressed excitement to meet me. As the only boy, I can imagine how much joy and anticipation she had for our eventual meeting. Although I never had the opportunity to know her personally, her presence and the impact she had on my parents’ lives would 100% leave a profound mark on me.