“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” owner Jim Irsay said. “He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”
Freeney spent 11 seasons with the Colts after being selected by the team with the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft. For his career, he has totaled 378 tackles (313 solo), 107.5 sacks, 44 forced fumbles, 14 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries in 163 games played (143 starts). Freeney has started 17 games in the postseason, recording 37 tackles (31 solo), nine sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, holds the Colts career and single season records for sacks and forced fumbles. He is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sack seasons, including four consecutive from 2002-05. In 2011, he topped 100.0 career sacks and currently ranks tied for 21st in NFL history with Pat Swilling. Freeney has recorded 25 multiple-sack games, including five contests with three-or-more quarterback takedowns.
Dating back to his rookie season in 2002, Freeney ranks first in the NFL in forced fumbles and fourth in sacks during that span.