The Indianapolis Colts have announced that Dwight Freeney will become the 16th entrant into the Ring of Honor. The standout defensive end played 16 seasons in the NFL, including 11 with the Colts after being drafted from Syracuse University in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
The 7-time Pro Bowl selection finished his career in 2018 after 218 games, in which he tallied 125.5 sacks and 47 forced fumbles, putting him 17th and 5th all-time in the respective categories.
“From the first day Dwight Freeney stepped on the field we knew he was special,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “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.”
Freeney was a member of three Super Bowl teams, including the Colts Super Bowl XLI Championship team during the 2006 season. Details on Freeney’s induction, including a date, have yet to be set. Other Ring of Honor members are: Owner Robert Irsay (1996), WR-Bill Brooks (1998), Head Coach Ted Marchibroda (2000), OL-Chris Hinton (2001), QB-Jim Harbaugh (2005), “Colts Nation” (2007), Head Coach Tony Dungy (2010), WR-Marvin Harrison (2011), RB-Edgerrin James (2012), RB-Eric Dickerson and RB-Marshall Faulk (2013), C-Jeff Saturday (2015), General Manager Bill Polian (2016), QB-Peyton Manning (2017) and WR-Reggie Wayne (2018).