Dwight Freeney
American football player, defensive lineman, defensive end
Dwight Freeney
Dwight Jason Freeney is an American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Syracuse University, and earned All-American honors. He was picked in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft and is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
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Freeney shares know-how with young Atlanta pass rushers
Yahoo News - 19 days
By Larry Fine HOUSTON (Reuters) - Dwight Freeney has a long history of trying to make Tom Brady uncomfortable in the pocket, and the veteran defensive end has been schooling his fellow Atlanta Falcons pass rushers ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl. "Tom (Brady) is a great player," said 15-year veteran Freeney, who waged memorable battles against Brady and the New England Patriots during his first 11 years in the league with the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning.
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KICKING OFF: Freeney Expected to Make Debut With Falcons
ABC News - 6 months
A look at Thursday's NFL preseason matchups: NOW YOU SEE HIM The Falcons' latest hope for boosting their pass rush, defensive end Dwight Freeney, is expected to make his Atlanta debut against the Browns. The Falcons had 19 sacks last season
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Freeney, Coaxed Off the Couch, Is Still Pressuring QBs
NYTimes - about 1 year
Dwight Freeney said he was a week away from retiring from the NFL when Arizona coach Bruce Arians called to offer him a job.
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Veteran Freeney repays Cardinals' faith
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - With one game-saving play, linebacker Dwight Freeney showed the championship mettle the Arizona Cardinals are hoping can help push them to the next level. The Cardinals signed the veteran Freeney in October and the acquisition reaped big benefits on Thursday when his last-second sack and strip fumble propelled Arizona to a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The 14th year Freeney made a nifty spin move against a Vikings offensive lineman and got to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater just as Minnesota was moving in for a game-tying field goal.
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What's Next For The Denver Broncos?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Joel Corry, National Football Post While the Seattle Seahawks bask in the glow of their decisive Super Bowl XLVIII victory, here’s a preview of things to come for the other team that took the field last Sunday, the Denver Broncos. Salary Cap Denver has a little more than $10.25 million of salary cap room once tenders for restricted free agents (which includes cornerback Chris Harris) and exclusive rights players with expiring contracts are factored in, in addition to the cap space gained from the voiding of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and running back Knowshon Moreno’s 2014 contract years. A decision must be made regarding cornerback Champ Bailey, since he wants to play a 16th NFL season. The 35-year-old will be entering the last year of a four-year, $43 million contract (worth a maximum of $46.75 million through base salary escalators) after a season in which he was limited to five regular season games because of a left foot sprain that occurred in a pre-season mat ...
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The Bizarre Food Obsessions of Pro Athletes
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
by Belle Cushing Go ahead and credit the pre-game sugar rush for the Seattle Seahawks's win last Sunday. Running back Marshawn Terrell Lynch, a.k.a "Beast Mode," has not kept his love of Skittles a secret, and it was announced last week that the running back has just signed a sponsorship deal with his favorite candy. It's the first time Skittles has formally paid an athlete, though not the first time the company has doled out swag to its famous fans. Beast Mode already has his own Skittles vending machine and some hand-painted Skittles cleats. And now 12th Men everywhere can get Skittles' special "Seattle Mix," which includes only blue and green candies. On the other side of the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning, the Denver Bronco who eats a very reasonable diet of grilled chicken and vegetables before every game. We get it -- this is his job, his body's a temple, yada yada yada -- but since that sort of restraint is no fun at all, here's a look at other pro athlete's food obsessions ...
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Colts Q&A with Scott Kacsmar + Texans notes
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
This week’s pregame Q&A is with Scott Kacsmar, an assistant editor for Football Outsiders and writes for ESPN Insider. If you enjoy in-depth writing about football, you’ve likely run across his work. He has written at places like Colts Authority, Cold, Hard Football Facts, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated. You can find him on Twitter FO_ScottKacsmar. Colts Q&A with Scott Kacsmar What is different/same between this Colts team and previous ones?  Like past Colts teams, this one is led by a great quarterback capable of masking the weaknesses around him. However, the difference would be that Peyton Manning’s teams knew they needed to be better at running the ball and playing defense while this Chuck Pagano/Andrew Luck team really tries to accomplish those feats. The transactions by general manager Ryan Grigson speak to this change. Not as drastic as last year, but the Colts again turned over a significant portion of the roster from 2012 with plenty of free-agent m ...
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Man sentenced to 5 years for swindling millions from NFL player
LATimes - over 3 years
A man who swindled about $3 million from San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison, authorities said.
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NFL Week 5 Football Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nothing is truly predictable when it comes to the NFL's Week 5 predictions, but I'll go out on a limb (again) anyway. High-flyers like Green Bay and Denver are both up against good defenses as they face Detroit and Dallas. Superstar Seattle is on the road against underrated Indy. Even one of the league's two worst teams will win -- since Jacksonville and St. Louis are playing each other. This week will test the "go with the strongest team no matter what" theory. Quotes of the Week: "We like to formation them to death." Drew Brees in an ESPN interview after Monday Night Football "We're here chillin' with the Brits. Shout out to the Queen." Ike Taylor, mic'd by NFL Films (Showtime's Inside the NFL) Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns. Lost in the Brian Hoyer/Trent Richardson hoopla is the fact that the Cleveland Browns' defense is giving up less than 300 yards per game, featuring less than 80 rushing yards allowed. Buffalo's D ranks 27th overall, but does seem to have awakened of l ...
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Chargers put Floyd, Freeney on IR
Fox News - over 3 years
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers officially declared two key players out for the season on Sunday, placing both wide receiver Malcom Floyd and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney on injured reserve.Floyd suffered a sprained neck from a frightening collision during the Chargers' win at Philadelphia in Week 2, while Freeney tore his quadriceps in Sunday's 30-21 victory over Dallas
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Chargers' Freeney has torn quadriceps; team unsure about severity, recovery time
Fox News - over 3 years
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco says 33-year-old outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps muscle.
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San Diego Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles- Game Thread + Predictions
Bleeding Green Nation - over 3 years
The Philadelphia Eagles, under new head coach Chip Kelly, came out with an impressive, albeit nail-biting, win vs. rival Washington last Monday, 33-27. The Eagles got off to a great start, even though Washington got on the board first with a fumble recovery and subsequent defensive touchdown by cornerback DeAngelo Hall. After the Washington touchdown, the Eagles scored 33 unanswered points, with a fast paced, no-huddle, trickery-based, schematic offense. Michael Vick in the game threw for 2 touchdowns -- to DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek -- and ran one in for a touchdown as well. In the process, he went 15/25 (60% completion percentage) with 203 passing yards, no interceptions and a 112.6 quarterback rating. Vick's impressive stat line was based off of solid pass blocking, spreading the field, his accuracy and good play calling by Kelly. Philly's dominant running back LeSean McCoy also had a phenomenal game. He ran for 184 yards -- two yards shy of breakin ...
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Texans report: Intense rivalry forms with Titans
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
The Titans have turned into one of the Texans’ main rivals, and the team once based in Houston continues to talk trash. Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recently took a shot at the Texans. While players such as J.J. Watt, Johnathan Joseph and Duane Brown said the Titans are a clear rival because they play in the AFC South, none took the bait when asked about a matchup that already has produced several heated moments. “We talk about Tennessee and Houston, it’s definitely a rivalry for more than one reason,” Brown said. “It’s always a physical battle. Besides that, we’ve gotten in some altercations in years past. I think the term ‘rivalry’ fits us well.” Brown shakes rust off technique Arian Foster and Ben Tate struggled during the first half against the Chargers, and tackle Duane Brown initially wasn’t himself while facing defensive end Dwight Freeney. Brown acknowledged it took him a while to get adjusted to the start of a new season. He expects better execution Sunday. ...
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Chargers Q&A with Chris Hansen + Texans things to watch
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
This week’s Chargers Q&A is with friend of the blog Chris Hansen, Lead Writer of the AFC West blog at Bleacher Report. I enjoy his observations on football in general, and he is a solid twitter follow @ChrisHansenNFL. Often, when you get a better sense of the opposing team, it makes watching the games more interesting, and I hope you like this as much as I did. Q&A with Chris Hansen What is different/same between this San Diego team and previous ones? “The notable differences are the offensive coaching and the defensive personnel. The defensive coaching and offensive personnel is virtually identical to last year save a guy like Danny Woodhead and rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen. The Chargers are going to attempt to run the ball more effectively and aren’t going to ask Phillip Rivers to throw as many deep passes as he did in Norv Turner’s offense. Defensively, the schemes should be the same with different parts. Dwight Freeney will take over for Shaun Phillips and M ...
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Duane Brown to face old foe Dwight Freeney in season opener
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Texans left tackle Duane Brown thought he was through blocking defensive end Dwight Freeney. When Freeney left Indianapolis and signed with San Diego, it meant he’ll resume his rivalry with Brown when they begin regular season play in a nationally-televised game Monday night. “We have a mutual respect for each other,” Brown said today. “We’ve gone against each other since I was a rookie (2008). I don’t think there’s been a season when he didn’t get one (sack) on me. You’ve got to let it go. You can’t let it stick in your mind.” Freeney didn’t fit with the Colts’ new 3-4 scheme last year. When his contract expired, he signed with the Chargers, another 3-4 team. In preseason, he played left end in passing situations but didn’t play as an outside linebacker who had to drop into coverage. Brown, coming off his first Pro Bowl, has established himself as one of the NFL’s best at his position. “Going against him in Indy was a matchup you circled every year,” Brown said. “Now he’s in ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dwight Freeney
  • 2016
    Age 36
    On August 2, 2016, Freeney signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • 2015
    Age 35
    In 2015, Freeney sued Bank of America for $20 million claiming he trusted the bank's wealth management division with the assets.
    More Details Hide Details Freeney utilized EVO Ultrafit to rehab a torn ligament in his ankle prior to Super Bowl XLIV.
    Freeney appeared in nine games during the 2015 season, totaling 8. sacks (leading the team) and 3 forced fumbles.
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    On October 12, 2015, Freeney signed a one-year, $870,000 deal with the Arizona Cardinals, with the incentive to receive a $200,000 bonus with four sacks and then would receive $100,000 for each sack thereafter, with a maximum of 12.
    More Details Hide Details Freeney was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16, in which he had three sacks and a forced fumble, the first time he had three sacks in a game since 2006. Coincidentally, former Colts teammate Robert Mathis won AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the same week.
  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, Freeney looked to bounce back from last year and did.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the season Freeney was only used as a pass rush specialist coming out only on passing downs. Against the Seattle Seahawks Freeney sacked Russell Wilson, which contributed to a Chargers victory. The next week Freeney got a sack against the Buffalo Bills. Against the 49ers, Dwight Freeney and Ricardo Mathews sacked and forced a Colin Kaepernick fumble leading to a Chargers touchdown. The next week recorded one sack against Chase Daniel and the Chiefs. Freeney finished the season with 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a pass deflect.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    During the 2013 season Freeney suffered a season-ending injury and recorded a career low with .5 sacks.
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    On May 18, 2013, Freeney signed a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.
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    On February 15, 2013, Freeney was told he would not be re-signed by the Colts.
    More Details Hide Details Freeney left as the all-time franchise leader in sacks with 107.5, eventually being surpassed by former teammate Robert Mathis the next season. Mathis would also break Freeney's franchise record of 16 sacks in a season the following season, too, when he tallied 19.5.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    In 2012, Freeney converted from defensive end to outside linebacker under new head coach Chuck Pagano.
    More Details Hide Details Due to injury and not adjusting to his position-change well, Freeney struggled and finished the season with only five sacks and 12 tackles.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    Freeney was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his expletive-laced interview following the end of the Colts 2008-09 playoff campaign which ended with a 23-17 overtime playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
    More Details Hide Details The NFL cited Freeney for making "inappropriate comments on officiating," according to the Indianapolis Star. Freeney, frustrated by the three defensive penalties incurred as the Chargers made their game-winning drive, told Yahoo! Sports after the game: "Those were the worst expletive calls I've seen in a long time... To have a game of that magnitude taken out of your hands, it's just disgusting. It's not like they made one expletive bad call -- it's three calls, in overtime... They need to start investigating some other expletive."
  • 2007
    Age 27
    On July 13, 2007 Freeney signed a six-year, $72 million contract with $30 million in guarantees making Freeney one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL.
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    On February 19, 2007, the Colts placed the franchise tag on Freeney following the expiration of his rookie contract.
    More Details Hide Details This move allowed Bill Polian and the Colts front office time to work on a long term contract.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    In 2006, Freeney would help the Colts defeat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to become NFL Champions.
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  • 2004
    Age 24
    In 2004, Freeney's third season, he led the NFL with 16 sacks.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of his third season, Freeney's season marked him as the 3rd fastest player to achieve 40 sacks. He developed a spin move which became his trade mark pass rush move.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    He set an NFL rookie record in 2002 with 9 forced fumbles, three of which occurred in a single game against former Syracuse football player, Donovan McNabb.
    More Details Hide Details Freeney was the runner up for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. When drafted by Indianapolis at 270 lbs Freeney was clocked at 4.48 second 40 yard dash and the same 40 inch vertical jump.
    Freeney was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 11th selection in the 2002 NFL Draft.
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  • 2000
    Age 20
    He was a first-team All-Big East Conference selection in 2000 and 2001, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American following his senior season in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details While attending Syracuse at a then 255-pounds, Freeney was clocked at 4.40 second 40-yard dash and recorded 40-inch vertical jump. This is one of the fastest times ever recorded by a defensive lineman. Dwight still returns to Syracuse for his summer workouts, and serves as mentor to Syracuse players, including former walk-on Josh Arrington from the 2006-2008 season.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    Freeney received an athletic scholarship to attend Syracuse University, where he played for the Syracuse Orange football team from 1998 to 2001.
    More Details Hide Details A two-year starter for the Orangemen, he set a school record with 17.5 sacks in his senior season and his 34 career sacks rank second in school history to Tim Green (45.5). Freeney was the school's premier pass rusher, and once had a string of 17 consecutive games with at least one sack. Against Virginia Tech, Freeney sacked elusive Hokies quarterback Michael Vick 4.5 times in one game. He finished his college career with 104 tackles (68 unassisted), 34 quarterback sacks, 51 tackles for a loss, and 43 quarterback pressures.
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1980.
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