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Dwight Freeney: Manning Was The Blueprint for QB's
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Peyton Manning will have his statue unveiled at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend as well as have his number retired by the Indianapolis Colts. We speak to one of the all-time great Colts, Dwight Freeney, on his career in Indy and some thoughts on #18.
“For me it’s the camaraderie of the guys. We were so close as a team year in and year out. We were one unit- offense and defense… for me it goes a lot deeper than just the team on the field.”
Towards the end of Dwight’s time in Indianapolis a new coach and general manager were brought in. Dwight was asked to change the way he played after the Colts switched defensive schemes. He talks about whether he has any regrets about his final years playing for the Colts.
“Yea, obviously I wish it was a lot better. Those things happen. I was a defensive end my whole career and when we had a changing of the guard we went to a whole new style of defense which I wasn’t used to doing and it took some time to get used to. Those things happen and I got caught up in the mix.”
After his time in Indianapolis, Dwight played with other top NFL quarterbacks such as Carson Palmer and Phillip Rivers. He tells us what makes playing with Peyton Manning so much different.
“He’s unique. A lot of guys try and be who Peyton is. I looked at him as a blueprint to the quarterback position and how you should treat it and how much time you should spend on it and how you should prepare off the field. It’s his dedication to his craft that sets him apart.”
You may be seeing Dwight on the field again soon. He says he is still training and staying prepared in case a team calls, but he says a lot of it depends on what team calls and what his role would be.
“Hopefully I get a phone call from one of these organizations even if it’s the Colts. I’d love to come back and end my career here.”