List of National Football League season sacks leaders

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This is a list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in sacks each year. Sacks became an official statistic in 1982. As of 2013, Michael Strahan of the New York Giants holds the record with 22.5 in 2001, followed closely by Mark Gastineau of the New York Jets in 1984 and Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, both with 22. In 2013, the NFL created the Deacon Jones Award to recognize the season leader in sacks. The most recent recipient of the award was Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts with 19.5 sacks.[1]

Sack leaders[edit]

Year Player Sacks Team
1982 Doug Martin 11.5 Minnesota Vikings
1983 Mark Gastineau 19.0 New York Jets
1984 Mark Gastineau 22.0 New York Jets
1985 Richard Dent 17.0 Chicago Bears
1986 Lawrence Taylor 20.5 New York Giants
1987 Reggie White 21.0 Philadelphia Eagles
1988 Reggie White 18.0 Philadelphia Eagles
1989 Chris Doleman 21.0 Minnesota Vikings
1990 Derrick Thomas 20.0 Kansas City Chiefs
1991 Pat Swilling 17.0 New Orleans Saints
1992 Clyde Simmons 19.0 Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Neil Smith 15.0 Kansas City Chiefs
1994 Kevin Greene 14.0 Pittsburgh Steelers
1995 Bryce Paup 17.5 Buffalo Bills
1996 Kevin Greene 14.5 Carolina Panthers
1997 John Randle 15.5 Minnesota Vikings
1998 Michael Sinclair 16.5 Seattle Seahawks
1999 Kevin Carter 17.0 St. Louis Rams
2000 La'Roi Glover 17.0 New Orleans Saints
2001 Michael Strahan 22.5 New York Giants
2002 Jason Taylor 18.5 Miami Dolphins
2003 Michael Strahan 18.5 New York Giants
2004 Dwight Freeney 16.0 Indianapolis Colts
2005 Derrick Burgess 16.0 Oakland Raiders
2006 Shawne Merriman 17.0 San Diego Chargers
2007 Jared Allen 15.5 Kansas City Chiefs
2008 DeMarcus Ware 20.0 Dallas Cowboys
2009 Elvis Dumervil 17.0 Denver Broncos
2010 DeMarcus Ware 15.5 Dallas Cowboys
2011 Jared Allen 22.0 Minnesota Vikings
2012 J. J. Watt 20.5 Houston Texans
2013 Robert Mathis[1] 19.5 Indianapolis Colts

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alper, Josh (January 2, 2014). "Robert Mathis wins inaugural Deacon Jones Award". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 2, 2014.