Jonathan Freeny

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Jonathan Freeny
No. 55 New England Patriots
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-15) June 15, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Margate, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Coconut Creek (FL)
College: Rutgers
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2016
Total tackles: 102
Sacks: 2.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Player stats at

Jonathan Freeny (born June 15, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers.[1] He has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Rush.

College career[edit]

Freeny chose to accept a scholarship to Rutgers University due to then head coach Greg Schiano's connections to South Florida from his time with the University of Miami.[2] Freeny would play 46 games at Rutgers and primarily played at defensive end and linebacker.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Freeny signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on July 28, 2011. He was released by the team on September 3, 2011.[4]

Chicago Rush[edit]

Freeny was assigned to the Chicago Rush on October 4, 2011. He was exempted by the Rush on December 6, 2011.[5]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Freeny was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad on December 7, 2011.[4] He then spent the following 3 seasons on the Dolphins active roster. At the end of the 2014 season Freeny became a restricted free agent but was not tendered a contract by Miami and therefore became an unrestricted free agent.[6]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Freeny signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal.[7] On September 24, 2015, the Patriots extended Freeny's contract through 2016 after emerging as a core special teamer.[8] He played in 13 regular season games with seven starts registering 43 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two special teams tackles.

On August 27, 2016, the Patriots signed Freeny to a two-year contract extension.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2016 with a shoulder injury.[10] Without Freeny, the Patriots won Super Bowl LI. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons which featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl.

Personal life[edit]

Freeny is distant cousins with Dwight Freeney.[11]


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