The former defensive end will be inducted into the Colts’ Ring of Honor on Sunday. Some people might forget just how good this former DE was in his time with the horseshoe.
Dwight Freeney was one of the most feared defensive lineman in the mid-2000’s. He was one of the best players at getting to the quarterback. Most of his talent was able to be utilized because of how good the offense was during those times. The team was ahead in most of their games early.
Because they were ahead, Freeney was able to tee off in obvious passing situations. Freeney was able to amass 107.5 sacks in his time with the Colts. Most of those sacks were a result of a devastating spin move than many have tried to imitate, but none have duplicated.
That spin move also helped him force 43 fumbles, which are the second most in franchise history. Teams couldn’t double team him either because he had Robert Mathis on the other side of the line. That left Freeney one-on-one in most situations. That’s where he created most of his damage.
Freeney’s career in Indy was cut short because of a coaching change. That change forced the defense to switch to a 3-4. Freeney played a year at outside linebacker in that system before he was released. It was a shame too because he showed he still had something left in the tank.
Now the Colts are appreciating his greatness and giving him the reward he deserves. He will be in the Ring of Honor on Sunday and no one will ever wear 93 again once Jabaal Sheard is one with it.