Freddie Joe Nunn
No. 53, 78, 50, 93
Born:(1962-04-09)April 9, 1962
Noxubee County, Mississippi
Died:October 16, 2021(2021-10-16) (aged 59)
Tyler, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Defensive end, Linebacker
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight262 lb (119 kg)
NFL draft1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Drafted bySt. Louis Cardinals
Career history
As player
1985–1993St.Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
1994–1996Indianapolis Colts

Freddie Joe Nunn (April 9, 1962 – October 16, 2021) was an American former professional football player who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He started his career as a defensive end and later moved to the linebacker position. He played for the Cardinals organization from 1985 to 1993, and for the Indianapolis Colts from 1994 to 1996. In his career, Nunn played in 157 games and recorded 67.5 sacks.

At the time of his death on October 16, 2021, Nunn's 66.5 sacks as a Cardinal stood as an official franchise record.[1] When Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones broke that record in a game played only three weeks after Nunn's death, Jones paid tribute to Nunn by revealing a t-shirt worn under his jersey bearing Nunn's name and portrait.[2]


  1. ^ "Chandler Jones by the numbers: Cardinals legend in Reggie White territory after recording 100th career sack". Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  2. ^ Fucillo, David (2021-11-07). "Chandler Jones becomes Cardinals all-time sack leader, pays tribute to Freddie Joe Nunn". DraftKings Nation. Retrieved 2021-11-07.