Retire Freddie Stevenson’s Jersey at Bartow Highschool

Retire Freddie Stevenson’s Jersey at Bartow Highschool

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Bartow High School has a lot of great history when it comes to sports, we have had the privilege of being the home of so many great legends. When I played at Bartow High School it was legends like Marcus Floyd, Ken Riley, Odell Haggins, and Jason Odum that motivated the youth to be great. I was blessed to be able to have a solid 4 year career at Bartow High School and graduate in 3.5 years which gave me an opportunity to enroll early in college. I went on to Florida state University in 2013 and was able to accomplish something that most never accomplish when I got to experience winning a National Championship my freshman year. I then went on to have a great career at Florida State and had the opportunity to be a part of what is widely regarded as the best backfield in Florida State Football history, which in included the legendary Dalvin Cook and myself. I had the opportunity to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl (the premier all star game for college seniors) and the NFL scouting combing to showcase my talent to NFL scouts. I ended up going undrafted and signing with the Chicago Bears for a short stint before bouncing around trying to get another opportunity in the NFL. I eventually decided to move on from football and focus on impacting the lives of others. As someone who grew up in poverty and was homeless as a child, I knew exactly what it meant to overcome the odds. I wanted to inspire others and use my experiences to show them that they could do anything. I graduated high school in 3.5 years (with honors) and managed to do the same in college. There are a lot of legends in Bartow that have been overlooked by the school, but I think it is time to stop overlooking them. I had the opportunity to play at the Division 1 level and go on to the NFL. Despite  my stint being short that is still something that most individuals in this world will never be able to experience. I am now an Author and have come back to speak at BHS on multiple occasions just to continue to feed they youth knowledge that I wish that I had when I was younger, and I will continue to find ways to inspire the youth going forward in the future. It is important for our legends to know that they matter. It is important that our youth has hope. They can see someone just like them that overcame obstacles to make it to the top. It is important to honor our legends. I appreciate everybody that came before me and I am looking forward to watching everybody that comes after me. We need this to happen. This is bigger than me, this is for Bartow.

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