Dwight Freeney finding new motivation from his doubters

Dwight Freeny had a lot of questions about his height coming out of college. Many thought he was too small at 6’1″ to play at defensive end. Those questions fueled Freeny to 107.5 sacks, 44 forced fumbles, and seven Pro Bowl selections so far. The veteran heading into his 12th season who is also 33 has found new motivation to fuel his play.

Speaking to Michael Gehlken of the UT San Diego, Freeny, in his first day of OTAs, talks about his new found motivation.

Now, it’s, ‘OK, Dwight, you’re done. You’re 33. You’re old. You’re washed up.’ Whatever it is, I’m going to use that as motivation. That’s what you’re supposed to do: find something that motivates you. That’s what I’ll do.

The former Colt talked about what it was like at his first day of OTAs for a different team for the first time in his career.

“It’s still strange,” Freeney said. “Not a lot of familiar faces. … For the most part, it’s a fresh new start. I had a friend who texted me, ‘It’s like your first day in kindergarten.'”

Freeny is a likely Hall of Famer. If the Chargers can figure out a way to use Freeny effectively in the 3-4 defense that the team runs, likely will become definite.