For the past 12 years Dwight Freeney has been one of the most dominant defensive presence in the NFL. Take a closer look at his career inside the huddle.

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    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 2013-present

    On May 18, 2013, Freeney signed a two-year deal $8.75 million dollar deal with the San Diego Chargers.

    Freeney’s first season with the Chargers was limitied to only four games due to a torn quadripcep suffered in the second quarter of a game against the Dallas Cowboys. Freeney was placed on the Chargers injured reserve list ending his season indefinitely.

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    Indianapolis Colts 2002-2012

    The Indianapolis Colts drafted Dwight Freeney in 2002 as the 11th overall pick out of Syracuse University. Since then he’s been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times, totaled 108 sacks (22nd all-time), was the first Colts player to lead the NFL in sacks with 16 in 2004 and helped lead the team to the NFL championship in 2007.

    Dwight is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sacks seasons and compiled a franchise record nine consecutive games with at least one sack dating from Game 16 of the 2008 season through Game 8 of the 2009 season. His streak of eight consecutive games with a sack to start a season in 2009 tied former teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record for consecutive games with a sack to start a season.

    In addition to his eye-popping sack statistics, Dwight also lead the NFL in forced fumbles from his rookie season (2002) through 2012 with 43. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Colts’ Ed Block Courage Award.

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    Freeney received an athletic scholarship to attend Syracuse University, where he played for the Syracuse Orange football team from 1998 to 2001. A two-year starter for the Orangemen, he set a school record with 17.5 sacks in his senior season and his 34 career sacks rank second in school history to Tim Green (45.5). Freeney was the school's premier pass rusher, and once had a string of 17 consecutive games with at least one sack. Against Virginia Tech, Freeney sacked elusive Hokies quarterback Michael Vick 4.5 times in one game.

    He finished his college career with 104 tackles (68 unassisted), 34 quarterback sacks, 51 tackles for a loss, and 43 quarterback pressures.[6] He was a first-team All-Big East Conference selection in 2000 and 2001, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American following his senior season in 2001.

    While attending Syracuse at a then 255-pounds, Freeney was clocked at 4.40 second 40-yard dash and recorded 40-inch vertical jump. This is one of the fastest times ever recorded by a defensive lineman.