Antonio Freeman was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 27, 1972. Freeman, who is nicknamed “Free” or “Buttons”, was named Offensive Player of the Year by the Baltimore Sun when he was 1989 senior at Polytechnic High School in Baltimore. His team went 10-0 that year and won the Maryland Group A championship.
Freeman went to Virginia Tech to play college football, where he was a three-year starter. He departed as the Hokies’ all-time leading receiver with 121 receptions (for 2,207 yards). Freeman also set the all-time school record with 22 touchdown receptions.