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2024 Caribe Royale Orlando Hula Bowl Spotlight Interview: Jack Freeman, OL, Houston

Jack Freeman the mauling center from Houston was the Joe Roth Award Winner at the 2024 Hula Bowl! We are proud of Jack, and this interview is presented by the Joe Roth Award by S2 Cognition.
Jack Freeman the mauling center from Houston was the Joe Roth Award Winner at the 2024 Hula Bowl! We are proud of Jack, and this interview is presented by the Joe Roth Award by S2 Cognition.
  • Name: Jack Freeman IV
  • Position: OC/OG
  • School: University of Houston
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 300
  • Twitter: jackfreemaniv 
  • Instagram: jackfreemaniv

What was it like playing the 2024 Caribe Royale Orlando Hula Bowl?

Participating in the 2024 Hula Bowl was a significant achievement and a great honor. Ever since I began college football, playing in an All-star game has been a goal of mine. It was a truly special moment, representing both my family and school!

What do you think NFL teams feel is your best trait? 

I believe NFL teams acknowledge that my on-field strengths include proficient hands and quick feet for effective run/pass blocking. Additionally, my ability to maneuver well in open spaces to attack defenders on screens have been a big part of my playing style. All of this stems from my extensive football experience, providing me with a profound understanding of the game. Furthermore, my adaptable personality facilitates easy connections with various team members, including coaches, players, and staff.

Who was your mentor growing up, and what made them a great mentor? 

Throughout high school, Gennard Johnson served as my mentor, and what truly set him apart was his commitment to dedicating time from his day to work with me. His dedication to making me better with nothing in it for him to gain, truly showed me what a mentor was and how I wanted to be. He consistently steered me in the right direction, diverting me from potential adverse situations on my journey to college ball. His encouragement extended beyond on-field performance, while pushing me to improve both on and off the field. I am eternally grateful for the relationship, challenges, and invaluable guidance he offered me.

Who was the toughest player you had to face during the week of the Hula Bowl?

Jowon Briggs 

What is your favorite television show?

Outer Banks

What is your degree in? 

Bachelor of Science 

Kinesiology- Fitness & Sports

What is the craziest song in your playlist, that we would not expect?

Water- Tyla 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL, who would that be? 

Jason Kelce

What does your pre-game meal look like?

Spaghetti noodles (no sauce), meatballs, chicken, butter, Parmesan, and a pedialyte. 

Who is your favorite teacher of All-Time? 

Professor Jon Gray at the University of Houston 

We believe in giving back, If you could give back to one amazing charity or foundation what would it be? 

When it comes to giving back, I often think of supporting charities dedicated to veterans, particularly those with disabilities. Additionally, I would include organizations like the Shriners children’s and Compassion International, which focuses on helping impoverished children, and kids with disabilities. Organizations like these and many others hold a special place in my heart.

What is your favorite color? 


What is your dream job after football? 

Being an actor is a dream I’ve had since I was younger, and it’s something I’ve always loved and appreciated dearly. I would love to use my platform to better the lives of individuals who are in need and acting could potentially be the way to do it!

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