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Former Charger Dwight Freeney inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

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SAN DIEGO — The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday announced its Class of 2024 inductees among a group of 15 finalists.

One player out of the seven inducted into professional football’s prestigious club has ties to the San Diego area.

Who made it?

  • Dwight Freeney: The former Chargers defensive end, from 2013-2014, would leave offensive linemen stumbling with his dizzying spins to get to the quarterback. Freeney ranks 18th in league history with 125.5 career sacks.

Who didn’t make it?

  • Antonio Gates: The former Chargers tight end is a beloved San Diego sports figure. Gates turned into one of the NFL’s top tight ends during his 16 years with the Chargers from 2003-2018. He finished his career with 955 catches for 11,841 yards and an NFL record for tight ends with 116 touchdown receptions.
  • Rodney Harrison: The former Chargers safety, from 1994-2002, was known for his hard hits on the defensive side of the ball. Harrison is the only defensive back in NFL history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions.
  • Eric Allen: The former Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders cornerback recorded 54 interceptions in his career, putting him 21st all-time. Allen graduated from Point Loma High School in 1983.

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