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Devonta Freeman: forget about personal accomplishments, winning is "the best goal ever"

Fact: Devonta Freeman's toenails don't grow

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman isn't your typical RB1. As a rookie trying to make a first impression, Freeman was a main character on HBO's Hard Knocks. From the moment he toured that humble apartment, lounging in a mediocre bathtub, you knew he was something special. He's just a down to earth, team first football player, and that's not always true of running backs.

The addition of Tevin Coleman might've frazzled lesser men but it's only made Freeman better. Is he, on some level, looking for personal success? Sure, why wouldn't he? But that's not his priority; no, he just wants to win. (Credit to Vaughn McClure for the quote.)

"To be real? Get the win. That's the best goal ever," Freeman said. "Because it ain't about me. It ain't about Tevin. It ain't about Pat [DiMarco]. It ain't about nothing individual. If we can get that win, that's the best goal ever. If we can get to the playoffs, get to the Super Bowl, that's what it's about. That's all it's about.

I can't imagine that Freeman doesn't see Coleman in his rear view mirror. Coleman turned in an impressive performance in the passing attack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week one. Then in week two, he got it going on the ground, earning 12 touches and a rushing touchdown. As a running back, especially one that's having part of his role with the team usurped by someone else, staying positive isn't easy. But that said, Freeman somehow pulls it off, appearing sincere in the process. Your thoughts?