The Bucs know a win Sunday means respect.

Freeman's performance "gutsy"

So Tampa is still talking about the Bucs victory (we didn’t have too many last year, so each one is something to talk about for awhile), and the biggest performance was by second year and franchise quarterback. Freeman put the team on his back, his arm, and his legs, and rallied the Bucs to a victory and a positive start to the season. But there is more to Freeman’s performance and what he had to overcome in just the last week to even take the field.

Freeman is coming off of a fractured thumb on this throwing hand. He practiced lightly this week and was actually a game time decision, taking snaps and trying to deal with the pain. He says it is very sore and throwing and holding the ball from under center is tough. So when Freeman took the field and led the Bucs down the field multiple times, it shows how much he wants to play and his desire and ability to lead the team.

Another issue that Freeman had that has only recently surfaced is his car accident he had on Friday before the game. There is not too much information to report on the accident, but it was not as severe as Tom Brady’s accident earlier this week. So while there was no physical pain from the accident, it always will rattle a person, no matter if they are a professional athlete or just a normal guy on the street.

Freeman is the franchise player, there is no question about that. Everything the Bucs do this season and in the coming years will depend on his arm and legs to lead the team and earn the victories. While the Bucs are still building this season and wins may be a rarity, Sunday’s win over Cleveland was very meaningful, not just in the standings, but to the franchise. The Bucs look like they have a very promising future ahead of them.

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