From CFL to player of week for Freeman

December, 24, 2013
12/24/13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman has gone from being a Canadian Football League standout, to leading the team in tackles as a rookie last season, to now being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Freeman received the honor on Tuesday after having five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in the Colts’ 23-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

“It’s been pretty fast,” Freeman said about the progress he’s made to get to this point. “It’s dedication. Trying to be the best you can be at whatever you’re trying to be. Credit to our coaching staff for getting me up to speed, especially when I know in the first year when guys went down I had to be in that role. I just try to get better each time I go out on the field.”

Freeman is the fourth Colt this season to be named player of the week or player of the month. Quarterback Andrew Luck was named AFC Player of the Week in Week 7, kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 11 and linebacker Robert Mathis was named AFC Player of the Month in October.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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