Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) alumnus Dwight Freeney ’02 and the Indianapolis Colts will battle the New Orleans Saints for Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, February 7 at 6:25 p.m.

While at Syracuse University Freeney, a defensive end was a two-year starter who set numerous records including the NCAA record for sacks per game, the Syracuse University single-season sacks. In 2001 Freeney was also named Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite his success on the field, Freeney said graduating from the iSchool with a GPA higher than a 3.0 was his most important SU experience.

Although Freeney knew he wanted to play pro football, he believed having a degree in information technology would provide him with valuable skills for his future. “The world revolves around technology,” Freeney said in an article for the iSchool’s Home Page newsletter in 2005.

Upon leaving SU in 2002, Freeney was the 11th overall selection in the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Now in his sixth career year, he is the only Colts player with four consecutive double-digit sack seasons.