Dwight Freeney is Retiring as an Indianapolis Colt

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26: Dwight Freeney
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26: Dwight Freeney /

Dwight Freeney was a dynamic pass rusher for the Colts for several years. Now he is retiring as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

It was announced Thursday that Dwight Freeney is signing a contract to retire as a Colt. He was one of the great defenders that the Colts had in the mid-2000s, and terrorized quarterbacks with his rushing mate Robert Mathis.

Freeney is scheduled to have a press conference on Monday to formally announce his retirement. The Colts announced his intentions to retire with the team on its twitter account.

Freeney was a first round pick in 2012. He was a prolific pass rusher, accumulating 125.5 sacks in his illustrious career. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls, all with the Colts. He was also named first team All-Pro three times while wearing the blue and white.

The Colts were one of the most feared teams on third down in the 2000s thanks to Freeney and Mathis. Freeney would harass quarterbacks after getting by lineman with his patented spin move. Freeney was the more feared rusher of the two because of that spin move, and had to be doubled teamed on most passing situations.

His retirement comes after spending 16 years in the league. He played his first 11 seasons with the Colts. He also played for San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit, but his best years were in Indy.

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Freeny will undoubtedly be in the Ring of Honor in Indy. He is one of the all-time great Colts, and it feels right that he is retiring as a member of Indianapolis. He helped the team win a Super Bowl, and now he is retiring in the city that loves him the most.