Players

Dwight Freeney
OLB #93
Height:
6-1
Weight:
268
College:
Syracuse
Hometown:
Hartford, CT
Experience:
11
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 167 300 259 41 108 1 15 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 SD 4 2 1 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 IND 14 12 10 2 5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 IND 16 19 13 6 8.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 IND 16 25 21 4 10 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009 IND 14 24 19 5 13.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 IND 15 28 24 4 10.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 IND 9 21 18 3 3.5 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 IND 16 29 26 3 5.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 16 34 29 5 11 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2004 IND 16 34 31 3 16 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2003 IND 15 31 27 4 11 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
2002 IND 16 41 40 1 13 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Career Transactions:

  • Selected by the Colts in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft (11th Overall).

 

Pro Career:

  • A seven-time Pro Bowl selection earning his latest honor in 2011.
  • In 2008, was voted to the Pro Bowl along with teammate Robert Mathis as the two became the first defensive end duo in club history since 1958 (Gino Marchetti and Don Joyce) to both appear in the game. Freeney and Mathis became the first defensive end tandem since 1970 from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • Topped 100.0 career sacks in 2011 and currently ranks tied for 23rd in the NFL all-time with 102.5 sacks entering the 2012 campaign. His sack total is also tops in franchise history.
  • Led the NFL in sacks with 16.0 in 2004, becoming the first member of the Colts franchise to accomplish the feat.
  • Is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sack seasons, including four consecutive from 2002-2005 and has recorded seven of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in team annals.
  • Was tied for the fifth-most sacks for the first five seasons of an NFL career with 56.5. He had ranked fourth among NFL players in career sacks (24.0) after two seasons and third (40.0) after three seasons.
  • Has 25 multiple-sack games, including five three-plus sack contests.
  • Has produced quarterback takedowns in 76-of-150 career games, 67-of-130 career starts and has tallied sacks against 50 different quarterbacks and 26 different NFL teams.
  • Compiled a franchise record nine consecutive games with at least one sack dating from Game 16 of the 2008 season through Game 8 of the 2009 campaign. His streak tied Bruce Smith (1986-1987) and Kevin Greene (1997-1998) for the third longest in NFL history. The league record is 10-straight games.
  • His streak of eight consecutive games with a sack to start a season in 2009 also tied teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record for consecutive games with a sack to start a season.
  • From 2002-2011, ranks second in the NFL in sacks (102.5) behind Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (105.0).
  • Dating back to his rookie season in 2002, leads the NFL in forced fumbles with 43 and has totaled seven career games with multiple forced fumbles.
  • Entering the 2012 season, the Colts are 56-20 when he tallies at least one sack in a game and 26-8 when notching at least one forced fumble.
  • Was named to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro first-team for a second consecutive season in 2005 and was also named an AP All-Pro first-team choice in 2009.
  • Was named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009).
  • Freeney and Mathis combined for 21.0 sacks in 2010 marking the fifth time they combined for at least 20.0 sacks in a single season. The two also have 10.0-plus sacks in four different seasons, surpassing Reggie White and Clyde Simmons for the most seasons (four) of 10.0-plus sacks each by teammates in NFL history.
  • Is one of 13 different Colts players to participate in 100-plus wins.

 

2011 (COLTS):

  • Started 15-of-16 contests and finished the season with 19 tackles (13 solo), 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • Was named to his seventh career Pro Bowl.
  • Became the 26th player in NFL history to top 100.0 career sacks, accomplishing the feat against Baltimore (12/11) in Week 14.
  • Finished with two tackles (two solo), one sack and one forced fumble against Cleveland (9/18).
  • Totaled four tackles (three solo), 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Pittsburgh (9/25). His fumble was recovered by Jamaal Anderson and returned 47 yards for a touchdown.
  • Posted four tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks vs. Kanas City (10/9).
  • Dropped Carolina (11/27) quarterback Cam Newton for a 20-yard loss to register sack number 5.5 of the season. Also added two tackles and two quarterback pressures.
  • Compiled 2.0 sacks of Baltimore (12/11) quarterback Joe Flacco to become the 26th player in NFL history to reach the 100-sack milestone for his career.
  • In the season finale at Jacksonville (1/1), registered the team’s third sack of the game to finish with 8.5 quarterback takedowns for the season.

 

2010 (COLTS):

  • Started 16 games and totaled 25 tackles (21 solo), 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, two passes defensed and 19 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his sixth career Pro Bowl honor, and along with teammate Robert Mathis, became the first defensive end tandem since 1970 from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • Was the recipient of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.
  • Named to the PFW/PFWA All-AFC Team.
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Houston Texans (11/1).
  • Recorded his seventh career 10.0-plus sack season.
  • Had two tackles and one sack at Houston (9/12).
  • Tallied three tackles, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles against the New York Giants (9/19). His first sack-forced fumble of the game led to a one-yard touchdown return by teammate Fili Moala. The game marked his 21st career multiple-sack and seventh multiple forced fumble contests.
  • Contributed with two tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Houston (11/1) and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
  • Registered three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble against Cincinnati (11/14).
  • Totaled three tackles and one sack at New England (11/21).
  • Started at defensive end in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game against the New York Jets (1/8) and added four tackles and one quarterback pressure.

 

2009 (COLTS):

  • Appeared in 14 games, and was inactive for another two contests.
  • Finished the season with 31 tackles (24 solo), 13.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass defensed and 20 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his fifth career Pro Bowl selection and was named to The Associated Press (first-team), The Sporting News, PFW/PFWA and Sports Illustrated NFL All-Pro Teams for his third career occasion.
  • Named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009).
  • Finished with his sixth career 10.0-plus sack season while his total ranked tied for third in the NFL. His sack total ranked as the second-highest for a single-season in franchise history.
  • Recorded a sack in nine straight games (dating back to 2008 season). The streak is a franchise record and tied the third longest in NFL history.
  • Tied teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record with a sack in eight consecutive games to start a season.
  • Had four tackles and one sack at Miami (9/21).
  • Posted two tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and six quarterback pressures at Arizona (9/27).
  • Registered four tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and three quarterback pressures at St. Louis (10/25).
  • Tallied seven tackles and 1.5 sacks against Houston (11/8). His first quarter sack marked the ninth straight game with a quarterback takedown.
  • Compiled two tackles and 2.0 sacks against the New York Jets (12/27).
  • Started three games in the postseason and totaled eight tackles, one sack and three quarterback pressures.
  • Recorded four stops against Baltimore (1/16) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with three tackles against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game (1/24).
  • Notched one sack against New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV (2/7).

 

2008 (COLTS):

  • Competed in 15 games (14 starts) and was inactive for one contest against Tennessee (12/28). Totaled 30 tackles (23 solo), 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 33 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his fourth career Pro Bowl selection.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (November).
  • Tallied his fifth career 10.0-plus sack season and had three multiple-sack games.
  • Compiled two tackles and one sack vs. Chicago (9/7).
  • Contributed with four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Minnesota (9/14).
  • Posted six solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Houston (10/5).
  • Notched 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures at Pittsburgh (11/9).
  • Tallied 2.0 sacks against Houston (11/16).
  • Recorded one sack, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures at Cleveland (11/30). His sack-forced fumble led to a 37-yard touchdown return by teammate Robert Mathis.
  • Accumulated three solo stops and 1.5 sacks against Cincinnati (12/7).
  • Finished with two tackles, 2.0 sacks and three quarterback pressures in the team’s Wild Card Playoffs at San Diego (1/3).

 

2007 (COLTS):

  • Started in nine games before suffering a foot injury at San Diego (11/11) and being placed on Injured Reserve three days later.
  • Totaled 34 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 19 quarterback pressures.
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Jacksonville (10/22).
  • Had seven tackles (five solo), one sack and two forced fumbles vs. Denver (9/30).
  • Recorded seven tackles (five solo), 2.0 sacks (including one for a safety) and two forced fumbles at Jacksonville (10/22). The contest marked his sixth-career multiple forced fumble game and the safety was the first for the team since 10/29/00 against Detroit (DT-Josh Williams). Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

 

2006 (COLTS):

  • Started all 16 games and totaled 45 tackles (35 solo), 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two passes defensed and 33 quarterback pressures.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Cincinnati (12/18).
  • Registered 0.5 sacks at Denver (10/29) while posting quarterback takedowns against Buffalo (11/12) and at Dallas (11/19).
  • Posted five solo tackles, 3.0 sacks and three forced fumbles against Cincinnati (12/18). The game marked his fifth career three-sack contest and second career game with three forced fumbles. Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
  • Tallied three tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Kansas City (1/6) in the Wild Card Playoffs.
  • Saw action at Baltimore (1/13) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with two tackles against New England (1/21) in the AFC Championship Game.
  • Contributed with one fumble recovery against Chicago in Super Bowl XLI (2/4).

 

2005 (COLTS):

  • Started 13-of-16 games and finished the season with 39 tackles (37 solo), 11.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, three passes defensed and 24 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned Pro Bowl honors for his third consecutive season.
  • Was named to The Associated Press (first-team) and The Sporting News NFL All-Pro Teams, PFW/PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC teams, and was selected as the Kansas City Committee of 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (September) with 11 tackles (nine solo), 4.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
  • Had seven tackles, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble vs. Cleveland (9/25).
  • Compiled three solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at San Francisco (10/9).
  • Recorded four solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Houston (10/23), marking his third consecutive contest with a forced fumble.
  • Registered three solo stops, one sack and one pass defensed against Houston (11/13).
  • Tallied four solo tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Tennessee (12/4).
  • Made one solo tackle, one sack and one pass defensed against Pittsburgh (1/15) in the Divisional Playoffs.

 

2004 (COLTS):

  • Started 16 games and totaled 47 tackles (39 solo), 16.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and 47 quarterback pressures.
  • Became the first Colts player to win the league sack title.
  • Earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl bid, his first as a starter.
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for December/January.
  • Was named to The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and College and Pro Football Newsweekly NFL All-Pro first-team, PFW/PFWA All-AFC and All-NFL teams, NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year and CPFN NFL All-Pro first-team.
  • Contributed with 2.0 sacks against Jacksonville (10/24), Minnesota (11/8) and Baltimore (12/19).
  • Recorded two three-plus sack games against Tennessee (12/5) and at Houston (12/12).
  • Finished with one tackle against Denver (1/9) in the team’s AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
  • Posted one tackle and one sack at New England (1/16) in the Divisional Playoffs.

 

2003 (COLTS):

  • Started 13-of-15 games and was inactive for one contest against Jacksonville (9/21). Finished the year with 41 tackles (38 solo), 11.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one pass defensed and 23 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his first career Pro Bowl nomination. Became the first Colts defensive player since 1987 (Duane Bickett) to make the Pro Bowl and was club's first lineman tabbed since 1977 (Ernie Barnes/John Dutton).
  • Was an Associated Press NFL All-Pro second-team choice, PFW/PFWA All-AFC team selection and Football Digest NFL All-Pro Team choice.
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Miami (11/2).
  • Recorded his second consecutive double-digit sack season becoming the first Colts player with two straight 10.0-plus sack seasons.
  • Notched sacks in eight games after having sacks in 10 outings in 2002.
  • Registered a 19-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at New Orleans (9/28) for his first career score.
  • Had four solo tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble vs. Carolina (10/12).
  • Tallied six solo tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles at Miami (11/2), and won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
  • Posted sacks in four consecutive games (11/16 – 12/7) for the first time in his career.
  • Batted a two-point conversion pass at Tennessee (12/7) to preserve 29-27 win.
  • Had five solo tackles and one forced fumble against Denver (1/4) in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game.
  • Totaled one tackle at Kansas City (1/11) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with two tackles at New England (1/18) in the AFC Championship Game.

 

2002 (COLTS):

  • Started the final eight games of the year after starting the season as a reserve. Produced one of the finest seasons by an NFL defensive rookie by recording 47 tackles (43 solo), 13.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
  • Was twice named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month (November and December) and AFC Defensive Rookie of the Week for his performance at Philadelphia (11/10).
  • Named to the PFW/PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team.
  • His 13.0 sacks marked a team record and was the second-highest total ever by an NFL rookie (14.5, DE-Jevon Kearse, Tennessee in 1999) while he led the team with nine forced fumbles and 36 quarterback pressures.
  • Posted his first career sack at Houston (9/22).
  • Finished with one sack each against Cincinnati (10/6) and Pittsburgh (10/21).
  • Totaled five tackles and one sack against Tennessee (11/3).
  • Made his first career start at Philadelphia (11/10) and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week with seven tackles, three forced fumbles and one sack.
  • Compiled 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Dallas (11/17).
  • Contributed with one sack, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures vs. Houston (12/1).
  • Recorded four solo stops, one sack and two forced fumbles at Tennessee (12/8).
  • Registered 2.0 sacks and seven tackles at Cleveland (12/15).
  • Set a then-Colts seasonal sack record (13.0) after adding two quarterback takedowns against Jacksonville (12/29) along with six solo tackles and his ninth forced fumble.
  • Started in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game at the New York Jets (1/4) and finished with seven solo tackles and one sack.

 

College:

  • A two-year starter at Syracuse who started 22-of-39 career games and ranked second in school history with 34.0 sacks (Tim Green, 45.5).
  • Totaled 104 career tackles (68 solo), 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, six passes defensed, 51 tackles for loss and 43 quarterback pressures.
  • Holds the NCAA seasonal record for forced fumbles (11) and fumble recoveries (three) in 2001.
  • Recorded a string of 17 consecutive games with at least one sack, which ended in 2001.
  • Started every game as a senior and led the nation with 17.5 sacks. His total broke Green’s prior season mark of 15.0. Also contributed with 50 tackles (33 solo), eight forced fumbles (conference record), three fumble recoveries, 26 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Was a consensus All-America and All-Big East Conference first-team choice and was named the Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Was finalist for the Lombardi (best lineman), Bednarik (top defensive player) and Nagurski (outstanding defensive player) Awards.
  • Earned Big East Player of the Week honors on four occasions, matching a conference seasonal record.
  • As a junior, had 32 stops (23 solo), 13.0 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and eight quarterback pressures.
  • Was named to the BCSfootball.com All-America second-team, and All-ECAC and All-Big East Conference first-teams.
  • Totaled 19 tackles (nine solo), 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and three quarterback pressures as a sophomore.
  • Started one-of-10 games as freshman and finished the year with three stops, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and six quarterback pressures.

 

Personal:

  • Attended Bloomfield (Conn.) High School and was a SuperPrep, Prep Football Report, USA Today, Hartford Courant and Blue Chip Illustrated All-America selection.
  • Was an All-Central Connecticut West pick and served as a team captain.
  • Was a four-sport letterman, including three letters in football, four in basketball and baseball and one in soccer.
  • Participated in “Shop with a Colt” program, leading a group of underprivileged children on a shopping spree for sports equipment and apparel.
  • Established his annual Dwight Freeney Full-Contact Football Camp in 2005 with proceeds benefiting various charities.
  • Donates 200 tickets to underserved youth each Colts season as a part of the team’s Community Ticket Block program.
  • Also launched the Dwight Freeney Foundation.
  • A native of Bloomfield, Conn.
  • GP/GS (Playoffs): 149/129 (16/16)

 

Career Transactions:

  • Selected by the Colts in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft (11th Overall).

 

Pro Career:

  • A seven-time Pro Bowl selection earning his latest honor in 2011.
  • In 2008, was voted to the Pro Bowl along with teammate Robert Mathis as the two became the first defensive end duo in club history since 1958 (Gino Marchetti and Don Joyce) to both appear in the game. Freeney and Mathis became the first defensive end tandem since 1970 from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • Topped 100.0 career sacks in 2011 and currently ranks tied for 23rd in the NFL all-time with 102.5 sacks entering the 2012 campaign. His sack total is also tops in franchise history.
  • Led the NFL in sacks with 16.0 in 2004, becoming the first member of the Colts franchise to accomplish the feat.
  • Is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sack seasons, including four consecutive from 2002-2005 and has recorded seven of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in team annals.
  • Was tied for the fifth-most sacks for the first five seasons of an NFL career with 56.5. He had ranked fourth among NFL players in career sacks (24.0) after two seasons and third (40.0) after three seasons.
  • Has 25 multiple-sack games, including five three-plus sack contests.
  • Has produced quarterback takedowns in 76-of-150 career games, 67-of-130 career starts and has tallied sacks against 50 different quarterbacks and 26 different NFL teams.
  • Compiled a franchise record nine consecutive games with at least one sack dating from Game 16 of the 2008 season through Game 8 of the 2009 campaign. His streak tied Bruce Smith (1986-1987) and Kevin Greene (1997-1998) for the third longest in NFL history. The league record is 10-straight games.
  • His streak of eight consecutive games with a sack to start a season in 2009 also tied teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record for consecutive games with a sack to start a season.
  • From 2002-2011, ranks second in the NFL in sacks (102.5) behind Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (105.0).
  • Dating back to his rookie season in 2002, leads the NFL in forced fumbles with 43 and has totaled seven career games with multiple forced fumbles.
  • Entering the 2012 season, the Colts are 56-20 when he tallies at least one sack in a game and 26-8 when notching at least one forced fumble.
  • Was named to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro first-team for a second consecutive season in 2005 and was also named an AP All-Pro first-team choice in 2009.
  • Was named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009).
  • Freeney and Mathis combined for 21.0 sacks in 2010 marking the fifth time they combined for at least 20.0 sacks in a single season. The two also have 10.0-plus sacks in four different seasons, surpassing Reggie White and Clyde Simmons for the most seasons (four) of 10.0-plus sacks each by teammates in NFL history.
  • Is one of 13 different Colts players to participate in 100-plus wins.

 

2011 (COLTS):

  • Started 15-of-16 contests and finished the season with 19 tackles (13 solo), 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • Was named to his seventh career Pro Bowl.
  • Became the 26th player in NFL history to top 100.0 career sacks, accomplishing the feat against Baltimore (12/11) in Week 14.
  • Finished with two tackles (two solo), one sack and one forced fumble against Cleveland (9/18).
  • Totaled four tackles (three solo), 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Pittsburgh (9/25). His fumble was recovered by Jamaal Anderson and returned 47 yards for a touchdown.
  • Posted four tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks vs. Kanas City (10/9).
  • Dropped Carolina (11/27) quarterback Cam Newton for a 20-yard loss to register sack number 5.5 of the season. Also added two tackles and two quarterback pressures.
  • Compiled 2.0 sacks of Baltimore (12/11) quarterback Joe Flacco to become the 26th player in NFL history to reach the 100-sack milestone for his career.
  • In the season finale at Jacksonville (1/1), registered the team’s third sack of the game to finish with 8.5 quarterback takedowns for the season.

 

2010 (COLTS):

  • Started 16 games and totaled 25 tackles (21 solo), 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, two passes defensed and 19 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his sixth career Pro Bowl honor, and along with teammate Robert Mathis, became the first defensive end tandem since 1970 from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • Was the recipient of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.
  • Named to the PFW/PFWA All-AFC Team.
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Houston Texans (11/1).
  • Recorded his seventh career 10.0-plus sack season.
  • Had two tackles and one sack at Houston (9/12).
  • Tallied three tackles, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles against the New York Giants (9/19). His first sack-forced fumble of the game led to a one-yard touchdown return by teammate Fili Moala. The game marked his 21st career multiple-sack and seventh multiple forced fumble contests.
  • Contributed with two tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Houston (11/1) and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
  • Registered three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble against Cincinnati (11/14).
  • Totaled three tackles and one sack at New England (11/21).
  • Started at defensive end in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game against the New York Jets (1/8) and added four tackles and one quarterback pressure.

 

2009 (COLTS):

  • Appeared in 14 games, and was inactive for another two contests.
  • Finished the season with 31 tackles (24 solo), 13.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass defensed and 20 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his fifth career Pro Bowl selection and was named to The Associated Press (first-team), The Sporting News, PFW/PFWA and Sports Illustrated NFL All-Pro Teams for his third career occasion.
  • Named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009).
  • Finished with his sixth career 10.0-plus sack season while his total ranked tied for third in the NFL. His sack total ranked as the second-highest for a single-season in franchise history.
  • Recorded a sack in nine straight games (dating back to 2008 season). The streak is a franchise record and tied the third longest in NFL history.
  • Tied teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record with a sack in eight consecutive games to start a season.
  • Had four tackles and one sack at Miami (9/21).
  • Posted two tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and six quarterback pressures at Arizona (9/27).
  • Registered four tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and three quarterback pressures at St. Louis (10/25).
  • Tallied seven tackles and 1.5 sacks against Houston (11/8). His first quarter sack marked the ninth straight game with a quarterback takedown.
  • Compiled two tackles and 2.0 sacks against the New York Jets (12/27).
  • Started three games in the postseason and totaled eight tackles, one sack and three quarterback pressures.
  • Recorded four stops against Baltimore (1/16) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with three tackles against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game (1/24).
  • Notched one sack against New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV (2/7).

 

2008 (COLTS):

  • Competed in 15 games (14 starts) and was inactive for one contest against Tennessee (12/28). Totaled 30 tackles (23 solo), 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 33 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his fourth career Pro Bowl selection.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (November).
  • Tallied his fifth career 10.0-plus sack season and had three multiple-sack games.
  • Compiled two tackles and one sack vs. Chicago (9/7).
  • Contributed with four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Minnesota (9/14).
  • Posted six solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Houston (10/5).
  • Notched 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures at Pittsburgh (11/9).
  • Tallied 2.0 sacks against Houston (11/16).
  • Recorded one sack, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures at Cleveland (11/30). His sack-forced fumble led to a 37-yard touchdown return by teammate Robert Mathis.
  • Accumulated three solo stops and 1.5 sacks against Cincinnati (12/7).
  • Finished with two tackles, 2.0 sacks and three quarterback pressures in the team’s Wild Card Playoffs at San Diego (1/3).

 

2007 (COLTS):

  • Started in nine games before suffering a foot injury at San Diego (11/11) and being placed on Injured Reserve three days later.
  • Totaled 34 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 19 quarterback pressures.
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Jacksonville (10/22).
  • Had seven tackles (five solo), one sack and two forced fumbles vs. Denver (9/30).
  • Recorded seven tackles (five solo), 2.0 sacks (including one for a safety) and two forced fumbles at Jacksonville (10/22). The contest marked his sixth-career multiple forced fumble game and the safety was the first for the team since 10/29/00 against Detroit (DT-Josh Williams). Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

 

2006 (COLTS):

  • Started all 16 games and totaled 45 tackles (35 solo), 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two passes defensed and 33 quarterback pressures.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Cincinnati (12/18).
  • Registered 0.5 sacks at Denver (10/29) while posting quarterback takedowns against Buffalo (11/12) and at Dallas (11/19).
  • Posted five solo tackles, 3.0 sacks and three forced fumbles against Cincinnati (12/18). The game marked his fifth career three-sack contest and second career game with three forced fumbles. Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
  • Tallied three tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Kansas City (1/6) in the Wild Card Playoffs.
  • Saw action at Baltimore (1/13) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with two tackles against New England (1/21) in the AFC Championship Game.
  • Contributed with one fumble recovery against Chicago in Super Bowl XLI (2/4).

 

2005 (COLTS):

  • Started 13-of-16 games and finished the season with 39 tackles (37 solo), 11.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, three passes defensed and 24 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned Pro Bowl honors for his third consecutive season.
  • Was named to The Associated Press (first-team) and The Sporting News NFL All-Pro Teams, PFW/PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC teams, and was selected as the Kansas City Committee of 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (September) with 11 tackles (nine solo), 4.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
  • Had seven tackles, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble vs. Cleveland (9/25).
  • Compiled three solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at San Francisco (10/9).
  • Recorded four solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble at Houston (10/23), marking his third consecutive contest with a forced fumble.
  • Registered three solo stops, one sack and one pass defensed against Houston (11/13).
  • Tallied four solo tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Tennessee (12/4).
  • Made one solo tackle, one sack and one pass defensed against Pittsburgh (1/15) in the Divisional Playoffs.

 

2004 (COLTS):

  • Started 16 games and totaled 47 tackles (39 solo), 16.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and 47 quarterback pressures.
  • Became the first Colts player to win the league sack title.
  • Earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl bid, his first as a starter.
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for December/January.
  • Was named to The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and College and Pro Football Newsweekly NFL All-Pro first-team, PFW/PFWA All-AFC and All-NFL teams, NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year and CPFN NFL All-Pro first-team.
  • Contributed with 2.0 sacks against Jacksonville (10/24), Minnesota (11/8) and Baltimore (12/19).
  • Recorded two three-plus sack games against Tennessee (12/5) and at Houston (12/12).
  • Finished with one tackle against Denver (1/9) in the team’s AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
  • Posted one tackle and one sack at New England (1/16) in the Divisional Playoffs.

 

2003 (COLTS):

  • Started 13-of-15 games and was inactive for one contest against Jacksonville (9/21). Finished the year with 41 tackles (38 solo), 11.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one pass defensed and 23 quarterback pressures.
  • Earned his first career Pro Bowl nomination. Became the first Colts defensive player since 1987 (Duane Bickett) to make the Pro Bowl and was club's first lineman tabbed since 1977 (Ernie Barnes/John Dutton).
  • Was an Associated Press NFL All-Pro second-team choice, PFW/PFWA All-AFC team selection and Football Digest NFL All-Pro Team choice.
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Miami (11/2).
  • Recorded his second consecutive double-digit sack season becoming the first Colts player with two straight 10.0-plus sack seasons.
  • Notched sacks in eight games after having sacks in 10 outings in 2002.
  • Registered a 19-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at New Orleans (9/28) for his first career score.
  • Had four solo tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble vs. Carolina (10/12).
  • Tallied six solo tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles at Miami (11/2), and won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
  • Posted sacks in four consecutive games (11/16 – 12/7) for the first time in his career.
  • Batted a two-point conversion pass at Tennessee (12/7) to preserve 29-27 win.
  • Had five solo tackles and one forced fumble against Denver (1/4) in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game.
  • Totaled one tackle at Kansas City (1/11) in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • Finished with two tackles at New England (1/18) in the AFC Championship Game.

 

2002 (COLTS):

  • Started the final eight games of the year after starting the season as a reserve. Produced one of the finest seasons by an NFL defensive rookie by recording 47 tackles (43 solo), 13.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
  • Was twice named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month (November and December) and AFC Defensive Rookie of the Week for his performance at Philadelphia (11/10).
  • Named to the PFW/PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team.
  • His 13.0 sacks marked a team record and was the second-highest total ever by an NFL rookie (14.5, DE-Jevon Kearse, Tennessee in 1999) while he led the team with nine forced fumbles and 36 quarterback pressures.
  • Posted his first career sack at Houston (9/22).
  • Finished with one sack each against Cincinnati (10/6) and Pittsburgh (10/21).
  • Totaled five tackles and one sack against Tennessee (11/3).
  • Made his first career start at Philadelphia (11/10) and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week with seven tackles, three forced fumbles and one sack.
  • Compiled 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble against Dallas (11/17).
  • Contributed with one sack, one forced fumble and four quarterback pressures vs. Houston (12/1).
  • Recorded four solo stops, one sack and two forced fumbles at Tennessee (12/8).
  • Registered 2.0 sacks and seven tackles at Cleveland (12/15).
  • Set a then-Colts seasonal sack record (13.0) after adding two quarterback takedowns against Jacksonville (12/29) along with six solo tackles and his ninth forced fumble.
  • Started in the team’s Wild Card Playoff game at the New York Jets (1/4) and finished with seven solo tackles and one sack.

 

College:

  • A two-year starter at Syracuse who started 22-of-39 career games and ranked second in school history with 34.0 sacks (Tim Green, 45.5).
  • Totaled 104 career tackles (68 solo), 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, six passes defensed, 51 tackles for loss and 43 quarterback pressures.
  • Holds the NCAA seasonal record for forced fumbles (11) and fumble recoveries (three) in 2001.
  • Recorded a string of 17 consecutive games with at least one sack, which ended in 2001.
  • Started every game as a senior and led the nation with 17.5 sacks. His total broke Green’s prior season mark of 15.0. Also contributed with 50 tackles (33 solo), eight forced fumbles (conference record), three fumble recoveries, 26 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Was a consensus All-America and All-Big East Conference first-team choice and was named the Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Was finalist for the Lombardi (best lineman), Bednarik (top defensive player) and Nagurski (outstanding defensive player) Awards.
  • Earned Big East Player of the Week honors on four occasions, matching a conference seasonal record.
  • As a junior, had 32 stops (23 solo), 13.0 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and eight quarterback pressures.
  • Was named to the BCSfootball.com All-America second-team, and All-ECAC and All-Big East Conference first-teams.
  • Totaled 19 tackles (nine solo), 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and three quarterback pressures as a sophomore.
  • Started one-of-10 games as freshman and finished the year with three stops, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and six quarterback pressures.

 

Personal:

  • Attended Bloomfield (Conn.) High School and was a SuperPrep, Prep Football Report, USA Today, Hartford Courant and Blue Chip Illustrated All-America selection.
  • Was an All-Central Connecticut West pick and served as a team captain.
  • Was a four-sport letterman, including three letters in football, four in basketball and baseball and one in soccer.
  • Participated in “Shop with a Colt” program, leading a group of underprivileged children on a shopping spree for sports equipment and apparel.
  • Established his annual Dwight Freeney Full-Contact Football Camp in 2005 with proceeds benefiting various charities.
  • Donates 200 tickets to underserved youth each Colts season as a part of the team’s Community Ticket Block program.
  • Also launched the Dwight Freeney Foundation.
  • A native of Bloomfield, Conn.
  • GP/GS (Playoffs): 149/129 (16/16)

 

 

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