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Dwight Freeney
OLB #93
Height:
6-1
Weight:
268
Age:
34
College:
Syracuse
Hometown:
Bloomfield, Conn.
Experience:
13

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
3
SCK
2.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 303 261 42 110.0 1 15 0 0 -- 0 0 44 4
2014 SD 4 3 3 2 1 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2013 SD 4 4 2 1 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 IND 14 14 12 10 2 5.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2011 IND 16 15 19 13 6 8.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2010 IND 16 16 25 21 4 10.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 5 --
2009 IND 14 9 24 19 5 13.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2008 IND 15 14 28 24 4 10.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2007 IND 9 9 21 18 3 3.5 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2006 IND 16 16 29 26 3 5.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2005 IND 16 13 34 29 5 11.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 6 --
2004 IND 16 16 34 31 3 16.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2003 IND 15 13 31 27 4 11.0 0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 2
2002 IND 16 8 41 40 1 13.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 9 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @ARI L 17-18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1
2 SEA W 30-21 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @BUF W 22-10 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 JAC W 33-14 -- 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney hopes 13, referring to his 13th NFL season, is his lucky number. However 2013 wasn’t so lucky as his season ended after a little more than three games due to a torn quad suffered in a late-September game against the Dallas Cowboys. Now healed, Freeney is looking to make a big splash in 2014, his second season with the Chargers.

Prior to joining the Chargers, Freeney spent his first 11 seasons in Indianapolis, helping the Colts to a Super Bowl title in 2006 (Super Bowl XLI). A Bloomfield, Conn. native, Freeney enjoyed an All-America career at Syracuse. As a senior he was named Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with 17.5 sacks. A few months later, the Colts made him their first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft (11th overall). Freeney didn’t waste any time making his presence felt in the NFL. He earned All-Rookie honors in 2002 after setting a franchise record with 13 sacks, second all-time among rookies to the 14.5 recorded by Tennessee’s Jevon Kearse in 1999.

Besides seven Pro Bowl selections, Freeney was named All-Pro four times, he was selected to the NFL’s all-Decade Team for the 2000s in 2009 and the Kansas City Committee of 101 named him its Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. He racked up a Colts-record 107.5 sacks, becoming the 26th player in NFL history with more than 100 career sacks. Freeney and Robert Mathis combined to give the Colts a devastating one-two punch as they became the first defensive end tandem from the same team since 1970 to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-10). While with the Colts, Freeney sacked 53 different quarterbacks and recorded sacks against 27 of the NFL’s 32 teams. At the end of 2012, his 107.5 sacks were fifth-most sacks among active players. Freeney became the only player in Colts history to post seven double-digit sack seasons, including a franchise-record and NFL-leading 16 in 2004 as he became the first player in team history to win the league’s sack title. He set a franchise record by recording at least one sack in nine-straight games over the 2008-09 seasons and owns the three-highest single-season sack marks in Colts history.

Freeney’s career totals heading into 2014 include 167 games played, 147 starts, 379 tackles, 44 forced fumbles, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Including his Super Bowl appearance, Freeney has played and started 17 postseason games during his career.

As a high schooler, Freeney didn’t start with ambitions of becoming one of the NFL’s best players. His older brother, Hugh, played quarterback at Bloomfield, but Freeney started his athletic career as a goalie for the school’s soccer team. Both of Freeney’s parents, Hugh, Sr. and Joy, were Jamaican natives and that was the game he’d primarily been exposed to as a child. It was only after some good-natured ribbing from classmates about his soccer uniform that Freeney opted for a move to the gridiron as a sophomore. He ended up a four-sport star for the Warhawks, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He led the football team to a state title in 1997 and even though football was the sport that ultimately led to a professional career, Freeney was an excellent center fielder and power hitter for the baseball team. He hit one of the longest home runs in school history, clearing a road that runs behind the school’s baseball field. In 2007, Freeney returned to Connecticut for Dwight Freeney Day, which included the retirement of the No. 44 uniform he wore as a prep.

Freeney’s success on the field catapulted him into an array of opportunities off the field, including the nonprofit world and the entertainment industry.

He oversees the Dwight Freeney Foundation, which has hosted a number of events. They include a football camp, a FanFest designed to thank Colts fans, as well as a program that provided Thanksgiving meals for needy families through Indianapolis’ Boys and Girls Clubs. Freeney also raised funds for charities in his home state of Connecticut through events that included a celebrity golf classic.

Freeney’s celebrity status has led to red carpet invitations for a wide variety of events from the ESPY’s to the Grammy Awards. In April, he was even invited to the White House to participate in the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Freeney’s star quality has also taken him to events that range from album release parties to fundraisers for Pediatric AIDS. Freeney has been a frequent guest and contributor for numerous sports television shows, including ESPN’s “Rome is Burning”, The NFL Network’s “Total Access” and FOX Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Freeney also was featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Countdown’s “Unmasked,” in 2012 and he was a guest on the popular daytime talk show, “Dr. Phil.” His other screen credits include an appearance on Fox’s highest rated reality series, “Hell’s Kitchen,” and he starred in NBC’s hit Sunday Night Football commercial with Faith Hill. Freeney’s popularity also has led to appearances on the covers of Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News, while he was featured as Ebony’s hottest bachelor of 2008 and has been written about in People Magazine, Men’s Health and USA Today.

Freeney is of Jamaican heritage. He enjoys cooking, particularly Caribbean and Jamaican food. Freeney’s other hobbies include golf and bowling.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick by Indianapolis (11th overall), April 20, 2002...signed July 29...re-signed July July 13, 2007...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers May 20.

2013: Two pressures and two quarterback hits in Sept. 15 win at Philadelphia... two pressures before injuring quad in Sept. 29 win over Dallas...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Oct. 2

2012: Injured ankle in first quarter of Sept. 9 season opener at Chicago...Inactive Sept. 16 at Minnesota and Sept. 23 vs. Jacksonville...first-career sack vs. Green Bay in Oct. 7 return from injury...career sack No. 103.5 as Aaron Rodgers became 51st different quarterback he’d sacked...Nov. 4 vs. Miami sacked Ryan Tannehill and recorded 44th-career forced fumble on play...Colts’ lone sack in Dec. 23 playoff-clinching win at Kansas City as Brady Quinn became his 53rd-career sack victim...sack vs. Houston in Dec. 30 season finale raised career total to 107.5, fifth-most among active players...raised career sack total vs. Houston to 17.5, his most vs. any one opponent...also gave him 5.5 sacks vs. Schaub, third-most vs. any quarterback during career.

2011: Pro Bowl...season-high two sacks and forced fumble that was returned 47 yards for touchdown by teammate Jamaal Anderson Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh...tied season-high with two sacks, including 100th of career, Dec. 11 vs. Baltimore.

2010: Pro Bowl...Colts Ed Block Courage Award...All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly/ Professional Football Writers of America (PFW/PFWA) after seventh-career 10-plus sack season...two sacks and two forced fumbles Sept. 19 vs. New York Giants...first sack-forced fumble returned one yard for touchdown by teammate Fili Moala...was 21st career multi-sack game and seven with multiple forced fumbles...AFC Defensive Player of Week after two sacks and forced fumble Nov. 1 vs. Houston.

2009: Pro Bowl...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and PFW/PFWA...named to NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000-09)...tied for third in NFL with 13.5 sacks, second-most for season in team history...sack in each of first eight games of season, tying teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record...season-high two sacks, forced fumble and season-high six quarterback pressures Sept. 27 at Arizona...first-quarter sack Nov. 8 vs. Houston marked team-record ninth-straight game (dating to 2008 season finale) with sack...matched season high with two sacks Dec. 27 vs. New York Jets...recorded sack vs. Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLIV Feb. 7.

2008: Pro Bowl...AFC Defensive Player of Month (November) for games that included two sacks, forced fumble and four pressures Nov. 9 at Pittsburgh, two sacks Nov. 16 vs. Houston and sack forced fumble and four pressures Nov. 30 at Cleveland... sack-forced fumble vs. Browns was returned 37 yards for touchdown by Mathis...two sacks and three pressures in Jan. 3 Wild Card Playoff loss at Chargers.

2007: Sack and two forced fumbles Sept. 30 vs. Denver...AFC Defensive Player of Week after two sacks, including one for safety, and two forced fumbles Oct. 22 vs. Jacksonville...safety was Colts’ first since 2000...injured foot Nov. 11 at San Diego and played on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 14.

2006: AFC Defensive Player of Week after tying career high with three sacks (fifth time in career) and three forced fumbles (second time in career) Dec. 18 vs. Cincinnati... two sacks and forced fumble in Jan. 6 Wild Card Playoffs vs. Kansas City...fumble recovery in Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago.

2005: Pro Bowl...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sporting News and PFW/PFWA...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA... Defensive Player of Year by Kansas City Committee of 101...AFC Defensive Player of Month for September, including season-high three sacks and forced fumble Sept. 25 vs. Cleveland...sack vs. Pittsburgh in AFC Divisional Playoffs.

2004: Pro Bowl...named all-star starter for first time in career after leading NFL with franchise-record 16 sacks...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and PFW/PFWA ...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA...NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of Year...two-sack games Oct. 24 vs. Jacksonville and Nov. 8 vs. Minnesota...AFC Defensive Player of Month (December/ January) that included three-sack games Dec. 5 vs. Tennessee, Dec. 12 at Houston and two-sack game Dec. 19 vs. Baltimore.

2003: Pro Bowl...first Colt named to Pro Bowl since 1987 (Duane Bickett) and team’s first all-star lineman since 1977 (Ernie Barnes & John Dutton)...Associated Press All-Pro  (second-team) and Football Digest...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA...first-career touchdown on fumble recovery and 19-yard return Sept. 28 at New Orleans...AFC Defensive Player of Week after season-high three sacks and two forced fumbles Nov. 2 at Miami...batted down two-point conversion attempt Dec. 7 at Tennessee to preserve 29-27 win...forced fumble in Jan. 4 Wild Card Playoff win vs. Denver.

2002: PFW/PFWA All-Rookie after team-record 13 sacks, second-most all-time by NFL rookie...also led team with nine forced fumbles and 36 pressures...first-career sack Sept. 22 at Houston...AFC Defensive Player of Week after sack and three forced fumbles in first-career start Nov. 10 at Philadelphia...two sacks for first-career multi-sack game Nov. 17 vs. Dallas...recorded 12th and 13th sacks and ninth forced fumble Dec. 29 vs. Jacksonville...sack and seven stops in first-career playoff game, Jan. 4 Wild Card vs. New York Jets.

COLLEGE: All-America, All-Big East and co-Big East Defensive Player of Year as senior after leading nation with school-record 17.5 sacks...tied conference record with four Big East Player of Week awards in 2001...set NFL record with 11 forced fumbles and three recoveries as senior in ’01...BCSFootball.com second-team All-America, first-team All-Big East and All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) as junior...started 22 of 39 career games played and tallied 34 sacks (second in school history), 104 tackles,, 14 forced fumbles, 51 tackles for loss, 43 pressures and six passes defensed...played at Syracuse from 1998-01...information studies and technology degree.

PERSONAL: Born in Bloomfield, Conn....All-America , All-Central Connecticut West and team captain at Bloomfield High School.

Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney hopes 13, referring to his 13th NFL season, is his lucky number. However 2013 wasn’t so lucky as his season ended after a little more than three games due to a torn quad suffered in a late-September game against the Dallas Cowboys. Now healed, Freeney is looking to make a big splash in 2014, his second season with the Chargers.

Prior to joining the Chargers, Freeney spent his first 11 seasons in Indianapolis, helping the Colts to a Super Bowl title in 2006 (Super Bowl XLI). A Bloomfield, Conn. native, Freeney enjoyed an All-America career at Syracuse. As a senior he was named Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation with 17.5 sacks. A few months later, the Colts made him their first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft (11th overall). Freeney didn’t waste any time making his presence felt in the NFL. He earned All-Rookie honors in 2002 after setting a franchise record with 13 sacks, second all-time among rookies to the 14.5 recorded by Tennessee’s Jevon Kearse in 1999.

Besides seven Pro Bowl selections, Freeney was named All-Pro four times, he was selected to the NFL’s all-Decade Team for the 2000s in 2009 and the Kansas City Committee of 101 named him its Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. He racked up a Colts-record 107.5 sacks, becoming the 26th player in NFL history with more than 100 career sacks. Freeney and Robert Mathis combined to give the Colts a devastating one-two punch as they became the first defensive end tandem from the same team since 1970 to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-10). While with the Colts, Freeney sacked 53 different quarterbacks and recorded sacks against 27 of the NFL’s 32 teams. At the end of 2012, his 107.5 sacks were fifth-most sacks among active players. Freeney became the only player in Colts history to post seven double-digit sack seasons, including a franchise-record and NFL-leading 16 in 2004 as he became the first player in team history to win the league’s sack title. He set a franchise record by recording at least one sack in nine-straight games over the 2008-09 seasons and owns the three-highest single-season sack marks in Colts history.

Freeney’s career totals heading into 2014 include 167 games played, 147 starts, 379 tackles, 44 forced fumbles, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Including his Super Bowl appearance, Freeney has played and started 17 postseason games during his career.

As a high schooler, Freeney didn’t start with ambitions of becoming one of the NFL’s best players. His older brother, Hugh, played quarterback at Bloomfield, but Freeney started his athletic career as a goalie for the school’s soccer team. Both of Freeney’s parents, Hugh, Sr. and Joy, were Jamaican natives and that was the game he’d primarily been exposed to as a child. It was only after some good-natured ribbing from classmates about his soccer uniform that Freeney opted for a move to the gridiron as a sophomore. He ended up a four-sport star for the Warhawks, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He led the football team to a state title in 1997 and even though football was the sport that ultimately led to a professional career, Freeney was an excellent center fielder and power hitter for the baseball team. He hit one of the longest home runs in school history, clearing a road that runs behind the school’s baseball field. In 2007, Freeney returned to Connecticut for Dwight Freeney Day, which included the retirement of the No. 44 uniform he wore as a prep.

Freeney’s success on the field catapulted him into an array of opportunities off the field, including the nonprofit world and the entertainment industry.

He oversees the Dwight Freeney Foundation, which has hosted a number of events. They include a football camp, a FanFest designed to thank Colts fans, as well as a program that provided Thanksgiving meals for needy families through Indianapolis’ Boys and Girls Clubs. Freeney also raised funds for charities in his home state of Connecticut through events that included a celebrity golf classic.

Freeney’s celebrity status has led to red carpet invitations for a wide variety of events from the ESPY’s to the Grammy Awards. In April, he was even invited to the White House to participate in the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Freeney’s star quality has also taken him to events that range from album release parties to fundraisers for Pediatric AIDS. Freeney has been a frequent guest and contributor for numerous sports television shows, including ESPN’s “Rome is Burning”, The NFL Network’s “Total Access” and FOX Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Freeney also was featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Countdown’s “Unmasked,” in 2012 and he was a guest on the popular daytime talk show, “Dr. Phil.” His other screen credits include an appearance on Fox’s highest rated reality series, “Hell’s Kitchen,” and he starred in NBC’s hit Sunday Night Football commercial with Faith Hill. Freeney’s popularity also has led to appearances on the covers of Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News, while he was featured as Ebony’s hottest bachelor of 2008 and has been written about in People Magazine, Men’s Health and USA Today.

Freeney is of Jamaican heritage. He enjoys cooking, particularly Caribbean and Jamaican food. Freeney’s other hobbies include golf and bowling.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick by Indianapolis (11th overall), April 20, 2002...signed July 29...re-signed July July 13, 2007...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers May 20.

2013: Two pressures and two quarterback hits in Sept. 15 win at Philadelphia... two pressures before injuring quad in Sept. 29 win over Dallas...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Oct. 2

2012: Injured ankle in first quarter of Sept. 9 season opener at Chicago...Inactive Sept. 16 at Minnesota and Sept. 23 vs. Jacksonville...first-career sack vs. Green Bay in Oct. 7 return from injury...career sack No. 103.5 as Aaron Rodgers became 51st different quarterback he’d sacked...Nov. 4 vs. Miami sacked Ryan Tannehill and recorded 44th-career forced fumble on play...Colts’ lone sack in Dec. 23 playoff-clinching win at Kansas City as Brady Quinn became his 53rd-career sack victim...sack vs. Houston in Dec. 30 season finale raised career total to 107.5, fifth-most among active players...raised career sack total vs. Houston to 17.5, his most vs. any one opponent...also gave him 5.5 sacks vs. Schaub, third-most vs. any quarterback during career.

2011: Pro Bowl...season-high two sacks and forced fumble that was returned 47 yards for touchdown by teammate Jamaal Anderson Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh...tied season-high with two sacks, including 100th of career, Dec. 11 vs. Baltimore.

2010: Pro Bowl...Colts Ed Block Courage Award...All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly/ Professional Football Writers of America (PFW/PFWA) after seventh-career 10-plus sack season...two sacks and two forced fumbles Sept. 19 vs. New York Giants...first sack-forced fumble returned one yard for touchdown by teammate Fili Moala...was 21st career multi-sack game and seven with multiple forced fumbles...AFC Defensive Player of Week after two sacks and forced fumble Nov. 1 vs. Houston.

2009: Pro Bowl...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and PFW/PFWA...named to NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000-09)...tied for third in NFL with 13.5 sacks, second-most for season in team history...sack in each of first eight games of season, tying teammate Robert Mathis’ NFL record...season-high two sacks, forced fumble and season-high six quarterback pressures Sept. 27 at Arizona...first-quarter sack Nov. 8 vs. Houston marked team-record ninth-straight game (dating to 2008 season finale) with sack...matched season high with two sacks Dec. 27 vs. New York Jets...recorded sack vs. Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLIV Feb. 7.

2008: Pro Bowl...AFC Defensive Player of Month (November) for games that included two sacks, forced fumble and four pressures Nov. 9 at Pittsburgh, two sacks Nov. 16 vs. Houston and sack forced fumble and four pressures Nov. 30 at Cleveland... sack-forced fumble vs. Browns was returned 37 yards for touchdown by Mathis...two sacks and three pressures in Jan. 3 Wild Card Playoff loss at Chargers.

2007: Sack and two forced fumbles Sept. 30 vs. Denver...AFC Defensive Player of Week after two sacks, including one for safety, and two forced fumbles Oct. 22 vs. Jacksonville...safety was Colts’ first since 2000...injured foot Nov. 11 at San Diego and played on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 14.

2006: AFC Defensive Player of Week after tying career high with three sacks (fifth time in career) and three forced fumbles (second time in career) Dec. 18 vs. Cincinnati... two sacks and forced fumble in Jan. 6 Wild Card Playoffs vs. Kansas City...fumble recovery in Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago.

2005: Pro Bowl...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sporting News and PFW/PFWA...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA... Defensive Player of Year by Kansas City Committee of 101...AFC Defensive Player of Month for September, including season-high three sacks and forced fumble Sept. 25 vs. Cleveland...sack vs. Pittsburgh in AFC Divisional Playoffs.

2004: Pro Bowl...named all-star starter for first time in career after leading NFL with franchise-record 16 sacks...All-Pro by Associated Press (first-team), Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and PFW/PFWA ...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA...NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of Year...two-sack games Oct. 24 vs. Jacksonville and Nov. 8 vs. Minnesota...AFC Defensive Player of Month (December/ January) that included three-sack games Dec. 5 vs. Tennessee, Dec. 12 at Houston and two-sack game Dec. 19 vs. Baltimore.

2003: Pro Bowl...first Colt named to Pro Bowl since 1987 (Duane Bickett) and team’s first all-star lineman since 1977 (Ernie Barnes & John Dutton)...Associated Press All-Pro  (second-team) and Football Digest...All-AFC by PFW/PFWA...first-career touchdown on fumble recovery and 19-yard return Sept. 28 at New Orleans...AFC Defensive Player of Week after season-high three sacks and two forced fumbles Nov. 2 at Miami...batted down two-point conversion attempt Dec. 7 at Tennessee to preserve 29-27 win...forced fumble in Jan. 4 Wild Card Playoff win vs. Denver.

2002: PFW/PFWA All-Rookie after team-record 13 sacks, second-most all-time by NFL rookie...also led team with nine forced fumbles and 36 pressures...first-career sack Sept. 22 at Houston...AFC Defensive Player of Week after sack and three forced fumbles in first-career start Nov. 10 at Philadelphia...two sacks for first-career multi-sack game Nov. 17 vs. Dallas...recorded 12th and 13th sacks and ninth forced fumble Dec. 29 vs. Jacksonville...sack and seven stops in first-career playoff game, Jan. 4 Wild Card vs. New York Jets.

COLLEGE: All-America, All-Big East and co-Big East Defensive Player of Year as senior after leading nation with school-record 17.5 sacks...tied conference record with four Big East Player of Week awards in 2001...set NFL record with 11 forced fumbles and three recoveries as senior in ’01...BCSFootball.com second-team All-America, first-team All-Big East and All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) as junior...started 22 of 39 career games played and tallied 34 sacks (second in school history), 104 tackles,, 14 forced fumbles, 51 tackles for loss, 43 pressures and six passes defensed...played at Syracuse from 1998-01...information studies and technology degree.

PERSONAL: Born in Bloomfield, Conn....All-America , All-Central Connecticut West and team captain at Bloomfield High School.

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