“Freyermuth in the tackle” was a phrase Cochranton Junior Senior High School graduate Curtis Freyermuth didn’t exactly dream of hearing over the intercom. Nonetheless, Grove City College Wolverines football fans have heard this streak a lot over the past four years.
Growing up as a fan of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and the running back factory Nick Saban is a part of with the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Freyermuth always wanted to hear his name. called when he found paydirt as the ball carrier. It’s something he got used to hearing when he rushed for nearly 4,000 career yards for the Cochranton Cardinals between 2015 and 2018. The all-time greatest rusher in history de Cochranton was quite talented as a four-year starter as a quarterback but ultimately a force to be reckoned with as a traffic jam. But that’s not quite how her story unfolded in college. The best part is that it’s pretty good, it’s taken a different direction.
Instead of carrying the ball in college, he turned to crushing skillful players on other teams for four years as a center linebacker. Closing gaps left by defensive linemen, pulling off passes in the secondary and calling defensive forfeits is a solid consolation prize if you need to change positions. In 31 career games, Freyermuth has racked up 130 tackles, eight tackles for loss and eight interceptions, including five in his 2022 senior season. The most important thing about Freyermuth’s performance was making the difference for a team of Wolverines who have won 27 games, including all three of their bowl games during his career.
One of his favorite moments was an interception in 2019 that sealed a win over Athletics Conference of Presidents (PAC) rival Westminster in a 43-41 thriller. Additionally, a huge win over Case Western Reserve University in 2022, a program that had the Wolverines number earlier in his career, was another memory he will always treasure.
The decision to choose Grove City College was more important than football. This was even more important than the possibility of obtaining double degrees in accounting and finance. More importantly, it was about growing his faith and being led by administrators, coaches and teachers he felt comfortable with to guide him through a defining period in his life as a young man. .
“I knew I wanted to stay close to home,” Freyermuth said. “I’ve been on quite a few tours, but when I heard Coach (Andrew) DiDonato speak, I knew Grove City was the place to be. What he had to say and his faith really got me there.
Along the way, Freyermuth grew his faith and received clarity that, like his mother (Susan), he should aim for a career in accounting. Eventually, he discovered that adding a degree in finance would help him earn the 150 credits needed to pass the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exams. Freyermuth will end his four years just below the mark, but plans to return for one final semester to hit the 150 mark.
Getting two degrees in four and a half years while playing college football and enduring a pandemic is definitely something to hang your hat on. However Freyermuth is not yet satisfied. Passing all four parts of the CPA exams and earning a full-time role in the field is what he is working towards.
The path to get there has been mapped out, including gaining hands-on experience with First National Bank and now with Maher Duessel. What started as an internship at Maher Duessel turned into a part-time role as an auditor. Currently, Freyermuth is in the middle of his first “busy season,” two words that public accountants dread seeing put together. The next three and a half months will be very busy as he completes some of his final courses and meets the demands of his part-time role.
For those familiar with Freyermuth, staying busy and working hard is nothing new. The blue collar means you find in many counties in Crawford is exactly what it has. Throughout his life he was a member of three varsity programs at Cochranton in baseball, basketball and football. It’s the life of a high school athlete in a small school; going out for a few different teams to keep the traditions alive. But if you want to go out for the team, you’re going to win.
Winning is exactly what Curtis Freyermuth will do despite ending his college football career in November. It’s a sad reality that he says really hasn’t hit him yet. With football still on TV every Saturday and Sunday for a few more weeks, the sport hasn’t gone too far and never will. He hopes to become a high school coach one day, but for now, his #1 job is to complete his degrees and pass exams that will help him live the next chapter of his fulfilling life.
The NFL Network airs many “Football Life” features on former league stars. Although Freyermuth unfortunately doesn’t turn professional, perhaps this piece is the closure and a written version of the segment he deserved to come out with. It was a great race – but now – it’s time to “run some numbers”.