Dwight Freeney To Be Inducted Into Colts Ring Of Honor In 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS – The winningest decade in NFL history continues to provide the Colts new members for their Ring of Honor.
Dwight Freeney will be the latest inductee, as Jim Irsay announced on Thursday night that No. 93 will be inducted this fall.
Freeney will become the 16th member of the Ring of Honor. Irsay said the game in which Freeney will go in this fall will be announced at a later date.
“From the first day Dwight Freeney stepped on the field we knew he was special,” Jim Irsay said in a statement released by the Colts. “Sixteen seasons later, Dwight exceeded every expectation we had and became one of the game’s best pass rushers ever. He was an artist and a terror on the field, and his patented spin move was a nightmare for every offensive lineman he faced. More importantly, he was a leader in the locker room and a gentleman off the field who represented the Horseshoe with honor. We are proud to have his name and legacy live alongside the greatest Colts to play this game.”
In 2002, the Colts selected Freeney out of Syracuse University with the 11th overall pick.
From 2002-12, Freeney tormented opposing left tackles with a patented spin move. He earned 7 Pro Bowl nods and was named first-team All-Pro on 3 different occasions during his career.
With the Colts, Freeney piled up 107.5 career sacks in making 143 starts over his 11 seasons in Indy.
Currently, Freeney is 18th on the NFL-‘s all-time sack list, with 125.5 career sacks. Robert Mathis is 19th at 123.0 career sacks.
Freeney finished his NFL career with stops in San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit. He signed a one-day contract with the Colts in April 2018 to retire with the team who drafted him.
He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning in 2022.
Colts Ring of Honor Members:
-Wide Receiver Reggie Wayne (2018)
Honored and humbled to be inducted into the @Colts Ring of Honor. It was truly special being part of an incredible organization with amazing teammates and unbelievable fans. I loved every minute of my time there. pic.twitter.com/O0x4iHHnrW — Dwight Freeney (@dwightfreeney) May 2, 2019
Honored and humbled to be inducted into the @Colts Ring of Honor. It was truly special being part of an incredible organization with amazing teammates and unbelievable fans. I loved every minute of my time there. pic.twitter.com/O0x4iHHnrW
— Dwight Freeney (@dwightfreeney) May 2, 2019