List of National Football League annual sacks leaders

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Michael Strahan holds the single season sack record at 22.5, which he achieved during the 2001 season

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. Michael Strahan of the New York Giants holds the record with 22.5, which he had during the 2001 season. In 2013, the NFL created the Deacon Jones Award to recognize the season leader in sacks. There have only been two players lead in sacks with 2 different teams, Jared Allen (2007 with the Chiefs and 2011 with the Vikings) and Kevin Greene (1994 with the Steelers and 1996 with the Panthers). The Chiefs and the Vikings have had the most players lead the NFL in sacks with 4. Six players have led the NFL in sacks more than once, nobody has led more than twice.

Sack leaders[edit]

League record
Jared Allen led the league in sacks in 2007 and 2011
Year Player Sacks Team
1982 Doug Martin 11.5 Minnesota Vikings
1983 Mark Gastineau 19.0 New York Jets
1984 Mark Gastineau (2) 22.0 New York Jets (2)
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 (2) 18.0 Philadelphia Eagles (2)
1989 Chris Doleman 21.0 Minnesota Vikings (2)
1990 Derrick Thomas 20.0 Kansas City Chiefs
1991 Pat Swilling 17.0 New Orleans Saints
1992 Clyde Simmons 19.0 Philadelphia Eagles (3)
1993 Neil Smith 15.0 Kansas City Chiefs (2)
1994 Kevin Greene 14.0 Pittsburgh Steelers
1995 Bryce Paup 17.5 Buffalo Bills
1996 Kevin Greene (2) 14.5 Carolina Panthers
1997 John Randle 15.5 Minnesota Vikings (3)
1998 Michael Sinclair 16.5 Seattle Seahawks
1999 Kevin Carter 17.0 St. Louis Rams
2000 La'Roi Glover 17.0 New Orleans Saints (2)
2001 Michael Strahan 22.5 New York Giants (2)
2002 Jason Taylor 18.5 Miami Dolphins
2003 Michael Strahan (2) 18.5 New York Giants (3)
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 (3)
2008 DeMarcus Ware 20.0 Dallas Cowboys
2009 Elvis Dumervil 17.0 Denver Broncos
2010 DeMarcus Ware (2) 15.5 Dallas Cowboys (2)
2011 Jared Allen (2) 22.0 Minnesota Vikings (4)
2012 J. J. Watt 20.5 Houston Texans
2013 Robert Mathis 19.5 Indianapolis Colts (2)
2014 Justin Houston 22.0 Kansas City Chiefs (4)
2015 J. J. Watt (2) 17.5 Houston Texans (2)
2016 Vic Beasley 15.5 Atlanta Falcons
2017 Chandler Jones 17.0 Arizona Cardinals

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