The Colts announced today during a Town Hall event that they will be inducting a former great sack artist into their Ring of Honor.
Dwight Freeney was one of the most feared pass rushers in the entire league when he was playing. He played for the Colts from 2002-2012, and did a lot during that tenure. In fact, he did so much that the Colts will now induct him into their Ring of Honor.
Freeney will join former teammates Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday, Reggie Wayne, Edgerrin James, and Marvin Harrison in the Ring of Honor. There’s no doubt he’ll be joined soon by his edge rush running mate, Robert Mathis. But Freeney deserves this.
During his time with the Colts, Freeney made 7 Pro Bowls, was named First Team All-Pro three times, and Second Team All-Pro once. Freeney was a wrecking machine and has one of the most copied moves in league history, his furious spin move.
Freeney used that spin move to rack up large amounts of sacks. He led the league in sacks in 2004, and was the Colts all-time sack leader until Mathis took it over during his last season with the team. But Freeney wasn’t just a sack artist. He was a playmaker.
Once Freeney got to the quarterback, he would chop his arm down to force a lot of fumbles. In his 11 seasons with the Colts, he forced 43 fumbles and 107.5 sacks. A man that can not only sack the QB but force turnovers is a man to be feared. And feared Freeney was.
It’s good to see that one of the most popular Colts will get the recognition he so richly deserves.