NFL Single-Season Sacks Leaders

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Leaders

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Leaders Table
Rank Player Sk Year Tm
1Michael Strahan+ (29)22.52001NYG
2Jared Allen (29)22.02011MIN
Mark Gastineau (27)22.01984NYJ
Justin Houston (25)22.02014KAN
5Chris Doleman+ (27)21.01989MIN
Reggie White+ (25)21.01987PHI
7J.J. Watt (23)20.52012HOU
J.J. Watt (25)20.52014HOU
Lawrence Taylor+ (27)20.51986NYG
10Derrick Thomas+ (23)20.01990KAN
DeMarcus Ware (26)20.02008DAL
12Robert Mathis (32)19.52013IND
DeMarcus Ware (29)19.52011DAL
Tim Harris (24)19.51989GNB
Aldon Smith (22)19.52012SFO
16Mark Gastineau (26)19.01983NYJ
Clyde Simmons (28)19.01992PHI
Robert Quinn (23)19.02013STL
Bruce Smith+ (27)19.01990BUF
20Dexter Manley (28)18.51986WAS
Jason Taylor (28)18.52002MIA
Andre Tippett+ (24)18.51984NWE
Michael Strahan+ (31)18.52003NYG
Von Miller (23)18.52012DEN
25Keith Millard (27)18.01989MIN
Jason Babin (31)18.02011PHI
Reggie White+ (24)18.01986PHI
Reggie White+ (26)18.01988PHI
29Bryce Paup (27)17.51995BUF
Fred Dean+ (31)17.51983SFO
Richard Dent+ (23)17.51984CHI
Joey Porter (31)17.52008MIA
J.J. Watt (26)17.52015HOU
34Pat Swilling (26)17.01991NOR
Elvis Dumervil (30)17.02014BAL
La'Roi Glover (26)17.02000NOR
Elvis Dumervil (25)17.02009DEN
Shawne Merriman (22)17.02006SDG
Tim Harris (27)17.01992SFO
Leslie O'Neal (28)17.01992SDG
Richard Dent+ (24)17.01985CHI
Kevin Carter (25)17.01999STL
43Michael Sinclair (30)16.51998SEA
Warren Sapp+ (27)16.52000TAM
Trace Armstrong (34)16.52000MIA
John Abraham (30)16.52008ATL
Jason Pierre-Paul (22)16.52011NYG
Kevin Greene+ (27)16.51989RAM
Pat Swilling (24)16.51989NOR
Kevin Greene+ (26)16.51988RAM
Andre Tippett+ (25)16.51985NWE
Simeon Rice (25)16.51999ARI
53Curtis Greer (25)16.01983STL
Jacob Green (26)16.01983SEA
Reggie White+ (36)16.01998GNB
Derrick Burgess (27)16.02005OAK
Doug Betters (27)16.01983MIA
Greg Brown (27)16.01984PHI
Dwight Freeney (24)16.02004IND
James Harrison (30)16.02008PIT
Simon Fletcher (30)16.01992DEN
Charles Haley+ (26)16.01990SFO
63Aaron Kampman (26)15.52006GNB
John Randle+ (29)15.51997MIN
Vic Beasley (24)15.52016ATL
Jared Allen (25)15.52007KAN
Simeon Rice (28)15.52002TAM
Sean Jones (23)15.51986RAI
Clyde Simmons (25)15.51989PHI
Wayne Martin (26)15.51992NOR
DeMarcus Ware (28)15.52010DAL
Lawrence Taylor+ (29)15.51988NYG
Leonard Marshall (23)15.51985NYG
74Simeon Rice (29)15.02003TAM
Hugh Douglas (29)15.02000PHI
Cameron Wake (30)15.02012MIA
Chris Doleman+ (36)15.01998SFO
Kevin Greene+ (36)15.01998CAR
Michael Strahan+ (26)15.01998NYG
Reggie White+ (29)15.01991PHI
William Fuller (29)15.01991HOU
Neil Smith (27)15.01993KAN
Adewale Ogunleye (26)15.02003MIA
Mike Merriweather (23)15.01984PIT
Robert Porcher (30)15.01999DET
Dexter Manley (27)15.01985WAS
Peter Boulware (26)15.02001BAL
Khalil Mack (24)15.02015OAK
Greg Hardy (25)15.02013CAR
Lawrence Taylor+ (30)15.01989NYG
Bruce Smith+ (23)15.01986BUF
Lee Williams (23)15.01986SDG
Dana Stubblefield (26)15.01997SFO
94Jared Allen (27)14.52009MIN
Art Still (28)14.51984KAN
Jeff Bryant (24)14.51984SEA
Jason Taylor (26)14.52000MIA
Connor Barwin (27)14.52014PHI
Mario Williams (29)14.52014BUF
Ezra Johnson (27)14.51983GNB
Michael McCrary (28)14.51998BAL
Patrick Kerney (30)14.52007SEA
Osi Umenyiora (23)14.52005NYG
Bertrand Berry (29)14.52004ARI
Julius Peppers (28)14.52008CAR
Kevin Greene+ (34)14.51996CAR
Jevon Kearse (23)14.51999TEN
Charles Mann (24)14.51985WAS
Leonard Little (26)14.52001STL
Tamba Hali (26)14.52010KAN
Ezekiel Ansah (26)14.52015DET
Derrick Thomas+ (25)14.51992KAN
Neil Smith (26)14.51992KAN
Chris Doleman+ (30)14.51992MIN
Jared Allen (26)14.52008MIN
116Doug Betters (28)14.01984MIA
Reggie Camp (23)14.01984CLE
Curtis Greer (26)14.01984STL
Michael Strahan+ (25)14.01997NYG
Eric Hicks (24)14.02000KAN
Von Miller (25)14.02014DEN
Keith Willis (24)14.01983PIT
DeMarcus Ware (25)14.02007DAL
Mario Williams (22)14.02007HOU
Simeon Rice (31)14.02005TAM
Bruce Smith+ (30)14.01993BUF
Bruce Smith+ (34)14.01997BUF
Aaron Schobel (29)14.02006BUF
Terrell Suggs (28)14.02011BAL
Reggie White+ (28)14.01990PHI
Kevin Greene+ (32)14.01994PIT
Freddie Joe Nunn (26)14.01988PHO
Cameron Wake (28)14.02010MIA
Reggie White+ (30)14.01992PHI
Bruce Smith+ (29)14.01992BUF
Cortez Kennedy+ (24)14.01992SEA
Bryan Cox (24)14.01992MIA
Lee Williams (26)14.01989SDG
Jim Jeffcoat (25)14.01986DAL
Aldon Smith (21)14.02011SFO
141Dexter Manley (26)13.51984WAS
Dwight Freeney (29)13.52009IND
LaMarr Woodley (24)13.52009PIT
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (26)13.52004GNB
Jason Taylor (32)13.52006MIA
Mike Bell (27)13.51984KAN
Jason Gildon (28)13.52000PIT
Ryan Kerrigan (26)13.52014WAS
William Gay (28)13.51983DET
Von Miller (27)13.52016DEN
Derrick Thomas+ (24)13.51991KAN
Simon Fletcher (29)13.51991DEN
Simon Fletcher (31)13.51993DEN
Rulon Jones (28)13.51986DEN
Tony Bennett (25)13.51992GNB
Rickey Jackson+ (34)13.51992NOR
Lamar Lathon (28)13.51996CAR
Michael McCrary (26)13.51996SEA
Bruce Smith+ (33)13.51996BUF
Leslie O'Neal (26)13.51990SDG
Jacob Green (28)13.51985SEA
Mark Gastineau (28)13.51985NYJ
Ken Harvey (29)13.51994WAS
John Randle+ (26)13.51994MIN
Carlos Dunlap (26)13.52015CIN
Clay Matthews (24)13.52010GNB
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (23)13.52001GNB
Charlie Clemons (29)13.52001NOR
Tim Harris (23)13.51988GNB
170Doug English (30)13.01983DET
Howie Long+ (23)13.01983RAI
Doug Martin (26)13.01983MIN
Clay Matthews (26)13.02012GNB
Marcus Jones (27)13.02000TAM
Jason Taylor (29)13.02003MIA
Jacob Green (27)13.01984SEA
Will Smith (28)13.02009NOR
Patrick Kerney (27)13.02004ATL
Trevor Pryce (31)13.02006BAL
Eddie Edwards (29)13.01983CIN
Dwaine Board (26)13.01983SFO
Al Baker (26)13.01983STL
Reggie White+ (31)13.01993GNB
Renaldo Turnbull (27)13.01993NOR
Sean Jones (30)13.01993HOU
Pat Swilling (30)13.01995OAK
Wayne Martin (29)13.01995NOR
William Fuller (33)13.01995PHI
Tony Bennett (24)13.01991GNB
Clyde Simmons (27)13.01991PHI
Greg Townsend (29)13.01991RAI
Osi Umenyiora (25)13.02007NYG
Julius Peppers (26)13.02006CAR
Chad Brown (26)13.01996PIT
Karl Mecklenburg (25)13.01985DEN
Lawrence Taylor+ (26)13.01985NYG
Reggie White+ (23)13.01985PHI
Trevor Pryce (24)13.01999DEN
Kevin Greene+ (28)13.01990RAM
Dennis Byrd (23)13.01990NYJ
Alfred Williams (27)13.01996DEN
Derrick Thomas+ (29)13.01996KAN
Michael Sinclair (28)13.01996SEA
William Fuller (34)13.01996PHI
Too Tall Jones (34)13.01985DAL
Greg Brown (28)13.01985PHI
Leonard Little (31)13.02006STL
Chris Long (26)13.02011STL
Dwight Freeney (22)13.02002IND
Bruce Smith+ (26)13.01989BUF
Ray Childress (29)13.01992HOU
Anthony Smith (25)13.01992RAI
Mario Williams (28)13.02013BUF
John Abraham (32)13.02010ATL
Marcellus Wiley (26)13.02001SDG
Jamir Miller (27)13.02001CLE
John Abraham (23)13.02001NYJ
218Anthony Smith (26)12.51993RAI
Lorenzo Alexander (33)12.52016BUF
Markus Golden (25)12.52016ARI
Danielle Hunter (21)12.52016MIN
Randy White+ (30)12.51983DAL
Geno Atkins (24)12.52012CIN
Charles Johnson (26)12.52012CAR
Jason Pierre-Paul (25)12.52014NYG
Richard Dent+ (26)12.51987CHI
John Randle+ (25)12.51993MIN
Hugh Douglas (27)12.51998PHI
Trent Cole (24)12.52007PHI
Kevin Greene+ (31)12.51993PIT
Chris Doleman+ (31)12.51993MIN
Richard Dent+ (32)12.51993CHI
Leslie O'Neal (31)12.51995SDG
Kyle Vanden Bosch (26)12.52005TEN
Mike Vrabel (32)12.52007NWE
Shawne Merriman (23)12.52007SDG
Greg Ellis (32)12.52007DAL
Elvis Dumervil (23)12.52007DEN
Andre Tippett+ (27)12.51987NWE
Leonard Little (28)12.52003STL
Shaun Ellis (26)12.52003NYJ
Leslie O'Neal (30)12.51994SDG
Charles Haley+ (30)12.51994DAL
Bill Pickel (25)12.51985RAI
Mike Wilcher (25)12.51985RAM
Warren Sapp+ (26)12.51999TAM
Greg Townsend (28)12.51990RAI
Sean Jones (27)12.51990HOU
Jacob Green (33)12.51990SEA
Simeon Rice (22)12.51996ARI
Jason Babin (30)12.52010TEN
Chandler Jones (25)12.52015NWE
Bill Pickel (24)12.51984RAI
Randy White+ (31)12.51984DAL
Trent Cole (26)12.52009PHI
Robert Porcher (28)12.51997DET
Andre Carter (23)12.52002SFO
Hugh Douglas (31)12.52002PHI
Leslie O'Neal (22)12.51986SDG
Leslie O'Neal (25)12.51989SDG
Cameron Jordan (24)12.52013NOR
Roy Barker (27)12.51996SFO
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