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.