I suppose we all knew this day was coming.
At the ripe age of 38 years old, longtime defensive end Dwight Freeney has made the decision to hang up his cleats and call it a career.
And, oh, what a career it was!
Freeney and his incredible spin move played 16 NFL seasons, 11 of which were spent in Indianapolis after the Colts selected him 11th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft.
In those 16 seasons and 218 games (157 starts), Freeney accumulated over 300 tackles, 125.5 sacks, 46 forced fumbles and 17 passes defensed. The seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end played in 22 postseason games, including a Super Bowl win in ’06 with the Colts. He racked up 11.0 postseason sacks and his team went 12-10 in those 22 games.
Freeney, after leaving Indy, spent two years in San Diego, one in Arizona, one in Atlanta and split the 2017 season between Detroit and Seattle. He put up double-digit sack totals in seven of his 16 seasons.
One could certainly argue that he’ll find his way into Canton one day.
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