TEMPE, Ariz. — Dwight Freeney said he was a week away from retiring from the NFL when Arizona coach Bruce Arians called to offer him a job.
Freeney, who played football for Bloomfield High School in Connecticut, said he was on an airplane that was about to take off.
"The door was closing," he said. "The flight attendants were telling everyone to put away their cellphones. I am looking at my phone seeing that it is B.A. I am telling her to hold on. She is telling me to get off the phone.
"It was great when he called me. I said, `Yeah, I am ready to get off the couch, let's go man,' and it has been a ride ever since."
Since joining the...