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Matt Light: Indy’s Dwight Freeney was the best I’ve ever played against

05.07.12 at 3:59 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Working as a left tackle in the NFL, you get a chance to come across some of the best edge rushers in the league on a daily basis, and in his 11 years as the man charged with protecting Tom Brady’s backside, Matt Light had a chance to see them all. On Monday, I asked him about the best he’s ever gone against, and he said it was Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney.

‘€œHe’€™s a guy that I had a lot of respect for. It’€™s not just the way he plays the game, it’€™s how many different ways he can make you look silly out there, [of] which, there are plenty,” Light said of Freeney. “I can go through them all. We can go watch film of he and I, and you’€™ll see it yourself. He’€™s just an all around great player. And he’€™s not a guy that talks a lot out there, he doesn’€™t have anything to say to you, he’€™s not trying to beat you with his words. He’€™s going to go out there and he’€™s going to put the work in and he’€™s going to show you how bad you can look.

“I always appreciated that out of him — not making me look bad — but definitely the challenge, going out there and trying to face a guy like him. And he was really in our division as much as anybody else is in our division, so we saw each other a lot.

“There was a lot of great players. Early in my career, I never forget my rookie year facing a guy in Miami, a hundred million degrees, and his last name was [Jason] Taylor. Boy, he didn’t go away for my entire career pretty much. He was a menace from day one to the end. Even in our own division, guys like John Abraham, [Aaron] Schobel, and all the rest of those guys.”

Light said Monday that it always helped having the rest of the left side to provide support.

“You know, it’€™s always good when you can have a wingman who can support you and make you look good, so I had a great cast,” he said. “You know [Dan Koppen] and Logan [Mankins] and Steve Neal, all the other guys that were a part of it, [Nick] Kazcur, over the years there’€™s been a lot of different faces. I’€™ve been blessed to have those guys next to me, they saved the day many a time, because when Freeney spun past me, and then he would sometimes spin past Logan, he would eventually have to run into Kop, and that was always good.’€

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