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Henley K. Freeman

Football fans have been known to question and officials’ eyesight but that always was a mistake when the official was Henley freeman. That’s Henry Freeman, Doctor of Optometry. In a dual career spanning more than 40 years, Freeman not only built a reputation as a highly respected professional, but also found time to make many contributions to area community and sporting groups. Freeman, who attended old West High and is a 1948 University of Akron graduate, began his football officiating career in 1954 with high school ball. He would work prep games for 12 years, but by 1962 had been tapped to work collegiate in the Missouri Valley Conference. Freeman officiated for 22 years in the MVC, and also worked three years in the Ohio Conference, one in the Metro 6 League and two in the World Football League. Since 1984 he has been assistant supervisor and an observer for the Midwestern Independent Collegiate Football Officials Association. Freeman has been an officer and career member of several football officials’ organizations, and also has devoted countless hours to such organizations as the University of Akron Varsity ‘A’ Association, Touchdown Club of Greater Akron, Dapper Dan Club of Akron and Akron YMCA.

Inducted 1994 | Official