17 Star Athletes Who Didn't Start Until Their Senior Year of High School

It's not when you get your chance, it's what you do with it.

Devonta Freeman

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Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman is a two-time Pro Bowl running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

But at Miami Central High School, Freeman didn't earn a starting spot until his senior year.

His junior year, he was stuck behind a player named Brandon Gainer, who would go on to play at the University of Kentucky. 

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Devonta Freeman is a two-time Pro Bowl running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

But at Miami Central High School, Freeman didn't earn a starting spot until his senior year.

His junior year, he was stuck behind a player named Brandon Gainer, who would go on to play at the University of Kentucky. 

While Freeman still notched over 500 yards in limited action, his junior year provided just a glimpse of what he was truly capable of.

Finally unleashed as a starter his senior year, Freeman exploded for 2,208 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

He went on to play at Florida State, where he helped the Seminoles win the 2013 BCS National Championship.

"I've been competing all my life," Freeman told the Gwinnett Daily Post in 2015. "Even in high school and Pop Warner I've been playing around some of the best guys always, competing."

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