The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16. The award is the first of Freeman’s career and the fourth for the Colts this season (Andrew Luck – Player of the Week in Week 7, Robert Mathis – AFC Player of the Month in October and Adam Vinatieri – Player of the Week in Week 11).
Last week during the team’s 23-7 victory at Kansas City, Freeman recorded a team-leading seven tackles (three solo), 1.0 sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble and three passes defensed. It was his first career multiple-interception game and the picks were the second and third of his season. Freeman tied the franchise record for interceptions in a game by a linebacker, which was last accomplished on December 9, 2007 (Gary Brackett vs. Baltimore). With his sack, Freeman tied Larry Chester (6.5) for the third-most career sacks by a Colts undrafted player. He also set a club record for the most forced fumbles by a Colts undrafted player, topping Tony Siragusa’s previous mark of five.
Through 15 games this season, Freeman leads the team with 159 tackles (105 solo) while contributing with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions, five passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He posted his first career multiple-sack game (2.0) in a Week 2 contest at Miami and has led the team in tackles in 10 games this year.
2013 Colts AFC Player of the Week/Month Recipients
Week 7: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
October: Robert Mathis – AFC Defensive Player of the Month
Week 11: Adam Vinatieri – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
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