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NFL Star Defensive Lineman Dwight Freeney Is Retiring

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One of the best defensive linemen in recent NFL history is calling it a career. Dwight Freeney is retiring.

The 38-year-old defensive lineman is signing a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Colts. He's retiring as a member of the team he spent the majority of his NFL career with.

Freeney announced the news on the Colts' website.


Freeney is officially retiring from the NFL as a member of the Colts, the team announced today. He’s scheduled to have a formal press conference in Indianapolis on Monday.

Freeney leaves the game as one of the best pass rushers in league history; in 16 seasons with six different teams, he compiled 125.5 sacks, which is tied with Terrell Suggs for 17th on the NFL’s all-time list.

Of the 17 players ahead of or tied with Freeney on that list, 11 have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while two players — Julius Peppers and Suggs — are still playing, and a couple others, including DeMarcus Ware and Jared Allen, just recently retired and are considered sure-fire Hall of Famers when they become eligible.

But Hall of Fame conversation aside, Freeney will forever be remembered for the havoc he wreaked off the edge in his 11 seasons with the Colts.

Freeney was a 7-time Pro Bowler and a three-time first-team All-Pro. He was a member of the Colts' Super Bowl champion team in 2007.

Congrats to Dwight on an incredible career. He will be missed.