With Cliff Avril moving to IR and Michael Bennett fighting a foot injury that seems to have sapped much of his explosiveness, the Seattle Seahawks signed Dwight Freeney to come in as a situational pass rusher. Freeney has been in the NFL a long time since being drafted 11th overall by the Indianapolis Colts out of Syracuse in the 2002 draft, and has put together quite a career in the decade and a half since.
I could go on and on about the deadliness of his lethal spin move, his penchant for forcing fumbles when he sacks the QB and all his other abilities, but frankly, I don’t think that’s the best way to let Seahawks fans know what the team just added. If the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true, well then I’ll just lengthen up this article quite a bit by putting moving pictures up here for your enjoyment.
This first set of highlights is exclusively from his time with the Colts, so the newest any of these highlights could be is just under five years old. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that five years is a long, long time for an NFL player and his skills have certainly declined since these highlights were recorded. However, if you think for a second I’m going to pass up an opportunity to show highlights of a guy blowing up Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, well then you have completely misjudged my ability to hold a grudge and seek vengeance.
Now, for those looking for something a little newer, here is a short clip of his highlights while playing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015. For those fans who wanted the team to shell out big money for Andrew Whitworth, watch Whitworth get abused by Freeney on the play starting at the 0:57 mark. In the next highlight Freeney takes down Aaron Rodgers. WARNING: For those of you with a weak heart, there is Russicide that takes place on a play starting at the 1:33 mark when Freeney makes short work of Alvin Bailey who was playing in place of an injured *surprise* Russell Okung.
I believe these videos have been posted elsewhere in the comments section of one of the articles on Freeney’s signing, and I simply wanted to make it easy for fans to watch all these highlights in one place.
On a completely unrelated note, just to demonstrate how long Freeney has been playing his trade in the NFL, he’s been in the league since 2002. With their first two picks in that year’s draft, the Seahawks selected Jerramy Stevens and Maurice Morris.
And who did the Hawks take with their third round pick in that draft? Freeney’s new defensive coordinator, Kris Richard. Hopefully those two 2002 draft buddies can team up to earn their second Super Bowl rings.