Pat Freiermuth

American football player (born 1998)

American football player
Pat Freiermuth
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Freiermuth with the Steelers in 2021
No. 88 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1998-10-25) October 25, 1998 (age 25)
Merrimac, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Brooks School (North Andover, Massachusetts)
College:Penn State (2018–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receiving yards:1,537
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at · PFR

Patrick John Freiermuth (born October 25, 1998) is an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

A longtime resident of Merrimac, Massachusetts, Freiermuth attended Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury, Massachusetts, before transferring to the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. At Brooks, he played tight end and outside linebacker on the football team, wearing jersey number eight. He also played basketball there as a power forward and a small forward.[1] During his career, he had 1,531 total yards and 24 total touchdowns.[2] He committed to Penn State University to play college football.[3]

College career

As a freshman for the Nittany Lions in 2018, Freiermuth made nine starts and recorded 26 receptions for 368 yards and eight touchdowns, breaking the record of most receiving touchdowns by a freshman tight end.[4][5][6] He remained the starter for the next two seasons, was voted Penn State Football's Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2019, and was invited to the NFL Draft Combine a year earlier. Although rumor said he would jump at this, he declined this chance, and in a press conference with Coach James Franklin announced that he had planned to recommit to Penn State for yet another year.[7] He played in a total of 30 games there, and started all but four of them. He scored sixteen career touchdowns, tied for eighth place overall at Penn State for career touchdowns and first place by a tight end. In the end, he had a total of 92 career receptions, 1,185 career receiving yards, and he was named the Big Ten Conference's Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year in 2020, making him the first ever Penn State tight end to win this award. He was also voted first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, and finished the season leading the conference for most receiving yards by a tight end.[8]

College statistics

Season Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2018 Penn State 12 26 368 14.2 8
2019 Penn State 13 43 507 11.8 7
2020 Penn State 4 23 310 13.5 1
[1] Career 29 92 1,185 12.9 16

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
All values from Pro Day[9][10]

Freiermuth was selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers to replace tight end Vance McDonald, who retired after the 2020 season.[11] He signed a four-year rookie contract with Pittsburgh on May 25, 2021. Freiermuth started his first NFL game in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills and recorded his first career reception for 24 yards.[8] During the season, Freiermuth sustained two concussions.[12] The first happened in Week 12 during a 41–10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The second concussion was sustained in a 19–13 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 15.[13][14] He finished the season with 60 receptions for 497 yards and seven touchdowns.[15]

On October 21, 2023, Freiermuth was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[16] He was activated on November 18.[17]

NFL career statistics

Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 PIT 16 9 60 497 8.3 24 7 1 1
2022 PIT 16 8 63 732 11.6 57 2 0 0
2023 PIT 12 9 32 308 9.6 29 2 0 0
Career 44 26 155 1,537 9.9 57 11 1 1


Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 PIT 1 1 4 25 6.3 9 0 0 0
2023 PIT 1 0 5 76 15.2 33 0 1 0
Career 2 1 9 101 11.2 33 0 1 0

Personal life

Freiermuth's uncle, Michael Foley, is the offensive line coach for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Prior to this, he was head football coach at Colgate University. His father, John Freiermuth, played basketball at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire[8] and in 1988 he was named New Hampshire's "Mr. Basketball."[18] His mom is a history teacher and former coach (fifteen seasons) for North Andover High School field hockey.[citation needed] She retired from coaching in 2007 after leading her team to two North sectional titles and a 147–85–66 record.[19] She was also president of the Penn State Football Parents Association.[7] Tim Freiermuth, Patrick's brother, was an offensive lineman for Springfield College in Massachusetts.[8]


  1. ^ Snyder, Audrey. "The extra development that allowed Pat Freiermuth to quickly..." The Athletic.
  2. ^ Freiermuth’s head coach at Brooks was his cousin, Pat Foley. ‘Excellence and humility’: How Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth became a local legend
  3. ^ "Brooks' Pat Freiermuth commits to Penn State". August 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Juliano, Joe. "Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth surpassed his own first-year expectations".
  5. ^ Wogenrich, Mark. "Pat Freiermuth is Penn State's next great tight end".
  6. ^ "Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth is a big catch".
  7. ^ a b Wogenrich, Mark. "What Staying at Penn State Means to Pat Freiermuth". Sports Illustrated Penn State Nittany Lions News, Analysis and More. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d "Pat Freiermuth (TE): Bio, News, Stats & more". Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  9. ^ "Pat Freiermuth Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  10. ^ "Pat Freiermuth, Penn State, TE, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth makes it clear he hates his nickname". Steelers Wire. May 14, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  12. ^ "Pat Freiermuth – Injury History". Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  13. ^ "2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  14. ^ Smith, Michael David (December 19, 2021). "Steelers lose Pat Freiermuth after hard hit to head". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  15. ^ "Pat Freiermuth Stats, News, Bio". ESPN. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  16. ^ Varley, Teresa (October 21, 2023). "Steelers activate Johnson, make other moves".
  17. ^ Varley, Teresa (November 18, 2023). "Steelers make roster moves ahead of Sunday's game". Retrieved November 21, 2023.
  18. ^ "Second Round: Pat Freiermuth". Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  19. ^ "Coach's Corner: Dianne Freiermuth". Retrieved March 4, 2022.

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