Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed to Pro Football Talk.com that the team will honor Dwight Freeney in its Ring of Honor once his playing days are done. Freeeny, likely will be the first defensive player in the Ring of Honor as the other nine members that have been inducted are offensive players, coaches or the fans.
This would be a huge honor for Freeney and a class act by Mr. Irsay by allowing the Colts record holder for sacks into the club. He would join former owner Robert Irsay, Wide Receiver Bill Brooks, head coach Ted Marchibroda, OT/OG Chris Hinton, Quarterback Jim Harbaugh, 12th man (Fans), Head Coach Tony Dungy, Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison and Running Back Edgerrin James.
Obviously, Freeney can’t join the other nine until he’s done with his playing career so don’t expect this to happen within the next two-three years.
Harrison was the first of the old regime to get elected as James was honored last year. I’d expect Peyton Manning, Robert Mathis, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne and Jeff Saturday to join Freeney and Dungy once their careers are over as well.
That group was together for one of the best eras in all of sports. Teams don’t dominate the way this group did for as many years as they did it.
Freeney leaves Indianapolis with 107.5 sacks in his 11 year career. He ranks first in forced fumbles and fourth in sacks over the last 11 years in the NFL and has been selected to seven Pro Bowl’s.