Freeman, drafted in the third round in 1995 out of Virginia Tech, went on to play eight years in Green Bay (1995-2001, 2003) and became one of top receivers in team annals. Freeman and Brooks in 1997 became the first wide receiver tandem in club history to each post 1,000 yards receiving (1,243 and 1,010, respectively). In club record books, Freeman stands fifth in career receptions (431) and yards (6,651) and third in touchdown receptions (57). His 57 scoring connections with Brett Favre mark the most successful partnership in Packers annals and sixth best in NFL history.
Anderson, whom Butler grew to know well during the retired safety's work for ESPN in 2001, is a 1983 graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School. He joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor and now anchors SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship sports news program. In 2003, he co-wrote a book with golfer Chi Chi Rodriquez, Chi Chi's Golf Games You Gotta Play.
Prior to his career at ESPN, he worked at KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Ariz., (1996-99), KOTV in Tulsa, Okla. (1990-96), KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Okla. (1988-90) and KOMU-TV in Colombia, Mo. (1987-88). He won the Outstanding Sports Feature Reporting Award, presented by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1994 and 1995; in 1997, he received the Associated Press Television Award in Arizona for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. Anderson graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in 1987.
In addition to the induction of Brooks and Butler, the Hall of Fame will formally recognize this year's FAN honoree, Rich Barbera.
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