He also made his mark post-retirement, when the court rendered the “Freeman McNeil decision”. Just after retirement, Freeman McNeil was a named plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL, arguing that the NFL Plan B free agency plan, was against anti-trust laws. The plan, in basic terms, allowed teams to protect 37 players, keeping them off of the open market. The players argued, and the judge agreed, that this kept the players from earning top salaries, among other things. So Freeman paved the way for free agency as we know it, at least in part.
A great ball player, and a guy who made his mark for generations of players going forward. Jets Ring of Honor member, Freeman McNeil.