List of National Football League career sacks leaders

This is a list of National Football League (NFL) players who have reached the 100-sack milestone.

The NFL began to keep track of sacks in 1982, with 39 players having reached the milestone in that time. Using unofficial record-keeping (dating back to 1960), an additional 21 players have finished with 100 or more career sacks, leading to a total of 60 players. These statistics are through the 2021 season.[1]

List of NFL players with 100 official career sacksEdit

Bold denotes an
active player
Elected into the
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Rank[2] Pos. Player Seasons by team Total sacks[3] Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Ref.
1 DE Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills (19851999)
Washington Redskins (20002003)
200.0 2009 [4][5]
2 DE Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles (19851992)
Green Bay Packers (19931998)
Carolina Panthers (2000)
198.0 2006 [6][7]
3 OLB/DE Kevin Greene Los Angeles Rams (19851992)
Pittsburgh Steelers (19931995)
Carolina Panthers (1996, 19981999)
San Francisco 49ers (1997)
160.0 2016 [8][9]
4 OLB/DE Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers (20022009, 20172018)
Chicago Bears (20102013)
Green Bay Packers (20142016)
159.5 Eligible in 2024 [10]
5 DE Chris Doleman Minnesota Vikings (19851993, 1999)
Atlanta Falcons (19941995)
San Francisco 49ers (19961998)
150.5 2012 [11][12]
6 DE Michael Strahan New York Giants (19932007) 141.5 2014 [13][14]
7 OLB/DE Jason Taylor Miami Dolphins (19972007, 2009, 2011)
Washington Redskins (2008)
New York Jets (2010)
139.5 2017 [15][16]
8 OLB/DE Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens (20032018)
Arizona Cardinals/Kansas City Chiefs (2019)
139.0 Eligible in 2025 [17]
9 OLB/DE DeMarcus Ware Dallas Cowboys (20052013)
Denver Broncos (20142016)
138.5 [18]
10 DE Richard Dent Chicago Bears (19831993, 1995)
San Francisco 49ers (1994)
Indianapolis Colts (1996)
Philadelphia Eagles (1997)
137.5 2011 [19][20]
DT John Randle Minnesota Vikings (19902000)
Seattle Seahawks (20012003)
2010 [21][22]
12 DE Jared Allen Kansas City Chiefs (20042007)
Minnesota Vikings (20082013)
Chicago Bears (20142015)
Carolina Panthers (2015)
136.0 Z [23]
13 OLB/DE John Abraham New York Jets (20002005)
Atlanta Falcons (20062012)
Arizona Cardinals (20132014)
133.5 [24]
14 DE Leslie O'Neal San Diego Chargers (19861995)
St. Louis Rams (19961997)
Kansas City Chiefs (19981999)
132.5 [25]
OLB Lawrence Taylor New York Giants (19811993) 1999 [26][27]
16 OLB/DE Rickey Jackson New Orleans Saints (19811993)
San Francisco 49ers (19941995)
128.0 2010 [28][29]
17 OLB Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs (19891999) 126.5 2009 [30][31]
18 OLB/DE Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts (20022012)
San Diego Chargers (20132014)
Arizona Cardinals (2015)
Atlanta Falcons (2016)
Seattle Seahawks/Detroit Lions (2017)
125.5 Eligible in 2023 [32]
19 OLB/DE Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts (20032016) 123.0 [33]
20 DE Simeon Rice Arizona Cardinals (19962000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20012006)
Denver Broncos/Indianapolis Colts (2007)
122.0 Z [34]
21 DE Clyde Simmons Philadelphia Eagles (19861993)
Arizona Cardinals (19941995)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19961997)
Cincinnati Bengals (1998)
Chicago Bears (19992000)
121.5 [35]
22 OLB/DE Von Miller Denver Broncos (20112021)
Los Angeles Rams (2021)
Buffalo Bills (2022–present)
115.5 ZActive [36]
23 DE Sean Jones Los Angeles Raiders (19841987)
Houston Oilers (19881993)
Green Bay Packers (19941996)
113.0 Z [37]
24 DE Greg Townsend L.A. Raiders (19831993)
Philadelphia Eagles (1994)
Oakland Raiders (1997)
109.5 [38]
25 OLB/DE Chandler Jones New England Patriots (20122015)
Arizona Cardinals (20162021)
Las Vegas Raiders (2022–present)
107.5 ZActive [39]
OLB/DE Pat Swilling New Orleans Saints (19861992)
Detroit Lions (19931994)
Oakland Raiders (19951998)
Z [40]
27 DE Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints (2011–present) 107.0 ZActive [41]
28 DE Trace Armstrong Chicago Bears (19891994)
Miami Dolphins (19952000)
Oakland Raiders (20012003)
106.0 Z [42]
29 OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos (20062012)
Baltimore Ravens (20132016)
San Francisco 49ers (2017)
105.5 Eligible in 2023 [43]
30 DE Kevin Carter St. Louis Rams (19952000)
Tennessee Titans (20012004)
Miami Dolphins (20052006)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20072008)
104.5 Z [44]
DE Neil Smith Kansas City Chiefs (19881996)
Denver Broncos (19971999)
San Diego Chargers (2000)
[45]
32 DE Jim Jeffcoat Dallas Cowboys (19831994)
Buffalo Bills (19951997)
102.5 [46]
33 OLB Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs (20112018)
Indianapolis Colts (20192020)
Baltimore Ravens (2021-present)
102.0 ZActive [47]
DE J. J. Watt Houston Texans (20112020)
Arizona Cardinals (2021–present)
[48]
35 OLB/DE Robert Quinn St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (20112017)
Miami Dolphins (2018)
Dallas Cowboys (2019)
Chicago Bears (2020–present)
101.0 [49]
36 DE William Fuller Houston Oilers (19861993)
Philadelphia Eagles (19941996)
San Diego Chargers (19971998)
100.5 Z [50]
OLB/DE Charles Haley San Francisco 49ers (19861991, 19981999)
Dallas Cowboys (19921996)
2015 [51][52]
OLB/DE Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins (20092018)
Tennessee Titans (2019)
Eligible in 2025 [53]
39 OLB Andre Tippett New England Patriots (19821993) 100.0 2009 [54][55]

Unofficial sacksEdit

In 2000, John Turney and Nick Webster, members of the Pro Football Researchers Association, conducted extensive research to create a more complete record of sacks in the NFL. After examining the play-by-play records of every NFL team as well as game film at NFL films they compiled a list of players with 100 sacks beginning in 1960. By including the unofficial sack/dump records from 1960 to 1981, the following players also qualify as members of the 100-Sack Club.[56][57]

Additionally, LBs Lawrence Taylor and Rickey Jackson played their rookie seasons in 1981, which was the last season that sacks were not officially tracked. Taylor had 9.5 and Jackson had 8.0 sacks that season, which would increase their totals to 142.0 and 136.0 sacks, respectively. These sacks would place Taylor at 9th and Jackson tied at 16th (with Jared Allen) on the unofficial sack list.

Unofficial and Official Ranks are based on the top 250 from "NFL Sacks Career Leaders (since 1960)"..
Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Unofficial
Rank
Official
Rank
Pos. Player Seasons by team Unofficial
sack total[56][58]
Official
sack total
Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Ref.
3 Z DE Deacon Jones Los Angeles Rams (19611971)
San Diego Chargers (19721973)
Washington Redskins (1974)
173.5 Z 1980 [59][60]
6 DE Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams (19711984) 151.5 24.0 2001 [61][62]
8 DT Alan Page Minnesota Vikings (19671978)
Chicago Bears (19781981)
148.5 Z 1988 [63][64]
T18 DE Carl Eller Minnesota Vikings (19641978)
Seattle Seahawks (1979)
133.5 2004 [65][66]
21 T112 DE Al Baker Detroit Lions (19781982)
St. Louis Cardinals (19831986)
Cleveland Browns (1987, 19891990)
Minnesota Vikings (1988)
131.0 65.5 Z [67]
T22 Z DE/DT Coy Bacon Los Angeles Rams (19681972)
San Diego Chargers (19731975)
Cincinnati Bengals (19761977)
Washington Redskins (19781981)
130.5 Z [68]
DE Jim Marshall Cleveland Browns (1960)
Minnesota Vikings (19611979)
[69]
24 DE Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons (19681978)
Philadelphia Eagles (19791981)
130.0 2014 [70][71]
28 DE Cedrick Hardman San Francisco 49ers (19701979)
Oakland Raiders (19801981)
122.5 Z [72]
T31 T42 DE Jacob Green Seattle Seahawks (19801992)
San Francisco 49ers (1992)
115.5 97.5 [73]
33 Z DE Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys (19731983) 114.0 10.0 [74]
35 DE Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos (19711978)
Cleveland Browns (19791981)
Los Angeles Raiders (19821985)
112.0 23.0 [75]
36 T183 DT Randy White Dallas Cowboys (19751988) 111.0 52.0 1994 [76][77]
T38 T87 DE Mark Gastineau New York Jets (19791988) 107.5 74.0 Z [78]
T42 Z DE Jack Gregory Cleveland Browns (19671971, 1979)
New York Giants (19721978)
106.0 Z [79]
T151 DE Too Tall Jones Dallas Cowboys (19741978, 19801989) 57.5 [80]
46 Z DT Elvin Bethea Houston Oilers (19681983) 105.0 1.0 2003 [81][82]
49 T42 DE Dexter Manley Washington Redskins (19811989)
Phoenix Cardinals (1990)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1991)
103.5 97.5 Z [83]
T50 Z DE Fred Dryer New York Giants (19691971)
Los Angeles Rams (19721981)
103.0 Z [84]
DT Tony McGee Chicago Bears (19711973)
New England Patriots (19741981)
Washington Redskins (19821984)
21.0 [85]
T59 DT Alex Karras Detroit Lions (19581962, 19641970) 100.0 Z 2020 [86][87]

Active players nearing 100 career sacksEdit

This list identifies active players with at least 80 career sacks. Updated through the 2021 season.
Unofficial
Rank
Official
Rank
Pos. Player Seasons by team Official sacks Ref.
T63 T40 DT Aaron Donald St.Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2014–present) 98.0 [88]
T69 47 DE Carlos Dunlap Cincinnati Bengals (20102020)
Seattle Seahawks (20202021)
96.0 [89]
T73 T48 DE Ryan Kerrigan Washington Redskins/Football Team (20112020)
Philadelphia Eagles (2021)
95.5 [90]
T78 T51 DE Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals (20082016)
Jacksonville Jaguars (20172019)
Baltimore Ravens (2020–present)
93.5 [91]
T81 T53 DE Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants (20102017)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20182021)
91.5 [92]
96 63 DE Everson Griffen Minnesota Vikings (20102019, 2021)
Dallas Cowboys/Detroit Lions (2020)
85.5 [93]

See alsoEdit

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