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Former Cardinals DE Dwight Freeney voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class has been finalized and among those elected to join, the Arizona Cardinals saw a familiar face on the list.

Announced at NFL Honors on Thursday night, former Cardinals defensive end Dwight Freeney was one of seven former players who were voted in.

Even though he had a small sample size in The Valley during the 2015 season, Freeney made an impact in the 11 games he did play.

Freeney accumulated nine total tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles for Arizona.

What mostly contributed to his name soon being inducted in Canton, Ohio was his storied tenure while with the Indianapolis Colts.

Selected as the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Freeney spent 11 years (2002-12) with the first organization to give him a chance in the pros.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and three All-Pro played 163 games as a Colt, collected 44 forced fumbles, 316 tackles, defended 23 passes and scored a touchdown.

In 2007, Freeney, quarterback Peyton Manning and Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI by defeating the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Miami, Florida.

His speed, agility and maneuverability whenever he touched the football field gave any opposing offense headaches and issues whenever they lined up against him.

Freeney would leave the Colts to sign a two-year contract with the then-San Diego Chargers (2013-14). He also played for the Atlanta Falcons (2016), Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks (2017) during his 16-year career.

Later this year, the official induction of the Hall of Fame Class is slated for Aug. 3.

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Alec Cipollini covers the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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