Dwight Freeney was one of the best players to come out of the University of Syracuse and he wasted no time after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (11th Overall) showcasing that he was an excellent pass rusher as he would lead the National Football League in Tackles for Loss and Forced Fumbles as a rookie, which he followed up by going to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons (2003-05), which all had double digit Sack totals. In fact, Freeney would lead the NFL in Sacks with 16 in 2004 and he was a First Team All Pro that year and again in 2005. The next two seasons were not special for Freeney on an individual level (although he did help the Colts win their first Super Bowl in Indianapolis during this timeframe) he rebounded with four more Pro Bowl seasons for the Colts (2008-11), the first three again saying him exceed 10 Sacks.
We have another major football retirement worth discussing and pass rusher extraordinaire Dwight Freeney is calling it quits. The Defensive End signed a one day contact with the Indianapolis Colts so he could retire with the team where he had his greatest success.
Selected 11th overall by the Colts in 2002, Freeney would become a starter midway through his rookie season and was the runner up for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Notably, he would record 13 Quarterback Sacks and his elite spin move would baffle offensive lines and he would quickly become known as one of the top pass rushers. The next season, Freeney would again record more than 10 Sacks (11) and would go to his first Pro Bowl. The next two seasons were even better as not only was he named a Pro Bowler but also a First Team All Pro. His 16 Sacks in 2004were enough to lead the NFL and in 2006 he would help the Colts win the Super Bowl.
From 2008 to 2011 Freeney would be named to the Pro Bowl, netting him seven trips in total. The 2009 season would also be his third selection as a First Team All Pro. The Colts would not resign Sweeney after the 2013 season and he would spend the next four years playing for the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Settle Seahawks.
Dwight Freeney retires from the National Football League with 125.5 Sacks, enough for 17th all-time. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023 and should receive Hall of Fame consideration and he will definitely land a solid spot on out Notinhalloffame.com Football list.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Dwight Freeney for all of the gridiron memories and we wish him the best on his post-playing career.
As we approach the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, we have been working on our future eligible section. As football players don’t always retire after they played their last game (usually to see if they can land another job while sitting out as a free agent) we aren’t able to immediately add them.
With that being the case, we have added to our site, 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame eligible list.
The people eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame whom we are featuring are:
Alterraun Verner: Verner would be named to the Pro Bowl at Cornerback in 2013 when he was with the Tennessee Titans.
Brian Cushing: The Linebacker was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, but this would be the only year that the career Houston Texan would be named to the Pro Bowl.
Carson Palmer: Palmer was a three-time Pro Bowl Quarterback who led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 2005.
Chris Johnson: Johnson was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Running Back would go on to three Pro Bowls.
Cliff Avril: Avril was a Pro Bowl Linebacker in 2016 and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Seattle Seahawks.
Danny Woodhead: Woodhead was a popular and undrafted Running Back who would have nearly 5,000 Yards from Scrimmage.
Darrelle Revis: Revis was the greeter of “Revis Island”, where the Cornerback would be named to seven Pro Bowls and four First Team All-Pros. Revis would win a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.
Darren McFadden: McFadden played at Running Back where he would have 7,535 Yards from Scrimmage.
DeAngelo Hall: Hall would become a three-time Pro Bowl Defensive Back.
DeMarco Murray: Murray was explosive in 2014 where the Running Back would be named the Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a three-time Pro Bowl Selection.
Dwight Freeney: Freeney was a First Team All-Pro Defensive End three times and he would be named to seven Pro Bowls. Freeney won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and he retired with 125.5 Quarterback Sacks.
Elvis Dumervil: At Defensive End, Dumervil was a five-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro who led the NFL in Sacks in 2009. He retried with 105.5 Sacks over his career.
Eric Decker: The Wide Receiver would have over 50 Receiving Touchdowns over his career.
Eric Weems: Weems would record over 5,000 Return Yards and was 2010 Pro Bowl Selection.
Eric Wood: Wood would be a Pro Bowl Selection at 2015 at the Center Position.
James Harrison: Harrison was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and was a five-time and two-time First Team All-Pro. The Linebacker would help the Pittsburgh Steelers win two Super Bowls.
Jay Cutler: Cutler would throw for over 35,000 Yards and was a Pro Bowl Selection in 2008.
Jeremy Maclin: Maclin played at Wide Receiver and he had five straight years of 800 Yards.
Joe Thomas: Thomas played his entire career at Left Tackle for the Cleveland Browns where he was an 11-time Pro Bowl and a six-time First Team All-Pro Selection.
John Kuhn: Kuhn was a three-time Pro Bowl Fullback who would win two Super Bowls, one with Pittsburgh and one with the Green Bay Packers.
Julius Thomas: Thomas was a two-time Pro Bowl Tight End.
Kam Chancellor: Chancellor helped the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl and the Strong Safety was a four-time Pro Bowler.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett was a Pro Bowl Tight End in 2014 and a Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots.
Matt Forte: Forte was a two-time Pro Bowl Running Back who retired with 9,796 Rushing Yards and another 4,672 Yards from Receiving.
NaVorro Bowman: Bowman was a First Team All-Pro Linebacker who would lead the NFL in Tackles in 2015.
Paul Pozluszny: Pozluszny was a Pro Bowl Linebacker in 2013.
Shane Lechler: Lechler was the best Punter of his era, going to seven Pro Bowls and earning six First Team All-Pro Selections.
Tamba Hali: Hali would have 89.5 Sacks over his career and the career Kansas City Chief would go to five Pro Bowls.
Terence Newman: Newman was a two-time Cornerback.
The entire group eligible for 2023 can be found here.
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