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Colts to induct Dwight Freeney into Ring of Honor

Defensive end Dwight Freeney will be honored by the Indianapolis Colts during the upcoming season.
Dwight Freeney (WTHR photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Colts Ring of Honor will gain a new member this season.

Defensive end Dwight Freeney will be honored by the team during the upcoming season. The 2002 draft pick will be the 16th honoree in the Ring of Honor.

He will be inducted on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Freeney was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and was a member of the Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI in Miami. He played in two other Super Bowls, one with Indianapolis and another with the Atlanta Falcons.

"From the first day Dwight Freeney stepped on the field we knew he was special," Colts Owner Jim Irsay said in a release. "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 amassed 125.5 sacks in his 16-year career, which ranks 17th in NFL history. He forced 47 fumbles, which is the fifth best career mark in the league.

The Colts have inducted a player into the Ring of Honor each of the last four seasons, including Freeney's former teammates Jeff Saturday, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, along with general manager Bill Polian.

Details on Freeney's induction, including a date, will be announced at a later time.

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