One of the NFL’s great pass rushers is calling it quits. Meanwhile, Dwight Freeney was part of yet another “sack,” with an assist from an unlikely source.
So after 16 seasons, pass-rushing terror Dwight Freeney will be hanging up his cleats. Courtesy of Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, the seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro will sign a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Colts and make his retirement official on Monday.
Of course, Freeney was the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, quarterback David Carr was the first overall selection that year, which also happened to be the initial campaign for the expansion club. And as fate would have it, Freeney’s first successful venture when it came to corralling an NFL quarterback came at the expense of Carr (via Nat Newell of the Indianapolis Star).
We are also reminded that Carr was sacked seven times by Freeney during his career. Of course, you will notice that one-time Houston Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub (who succeeded Carr) is first on the Freeney list, having been dumped 7.5 times (also courtesy of Newell).
So what’s the point? Ask Carr’s young brother Derek Carr. The current quarterback of the Oakland Raider opted to have a little fun at the expense of his sibling:
All told, Freeney ends his career with 125.5 sacks having played for six different teams. Of course, the vast majority of those QB traps (107.5) came in his 11 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He split time with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions in 2017, with all three of his sacks this season coming with Pete Carroll’s club.
Thanks to his younger brother, David Carr was reminded once more that it was no fun being chased around the field by Dwight Freeney. Of course, the rookie season for the young signal-caller saw him sacked an astounding 76 times -which remains an NFL record. And Freeney got their first.