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
2Mark Gastineau (27)22.01984NYJ
Jared Allen (29)22.02011MIN
Justin Houston (25)22.02014KAN
5Reggie White+ (25)21.01987PHI
Chris Doleman+ (27)21.01989MIN
7J.J. Watt (25)20.52014HOU
J.J. Watt (23)20.52012HOU
Lawrence Taylor+ (27)20.51986NYG
10Derrick Thomas+ (23)20.01990KAN
DeMarcus Ware (26)20.02008DAL
12Tim Harris (24)19.51989GNB
DeMarcus Ware (29)19.52011DAL
Aldon Smith (22)19.52012SFO
Robert Mathis (32)19.52013IND
16Robert Quinn (23)19.02013STL
Mark Gastineau (26)19.01983NYJ
Clyde Simmons (28)19.01992PHI
Bruce Smith+ (27)19.01990BUF
20Jason Taylor (28)18.52002MIA
Michael Strahan+ (31)18.52003NYG
Dexter Manley (28)18.51986WAS
Andre Tippett+ (24)18.51984NWE
Von Miller (23)18.52012DEN
25Jason Babin (31)18.02011PHI
Keith Millard (27)18.01989MIN
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
34Elvis Dumervil (30)17.02014BAL
La'Roi Glover (26)17.02000NOR
Elvis Dumervil (25)17.02009DEN
Leslie O'Neal (28)17.01992SDG
Tim Harris (27)17.01992SFO
Pat Swilling (26)17.01991NOR
Kevin Carter (25)17.01999STL
Shawne Merriman (22)17.02006SDG
Richard Dent+ (24)17.01985CHI
43Michael Sinclair (30)16.51998SEA
Warren Sapp+ (27)16.52000TAM
Trace Armstrong (34)16.52000MIA
Jason Pierre-Paul (22)16.52011NYG
Pat Swilling (24)16.51989NOR
Kevin Greene+ (27)16.51989RAM
John Abraham (30)16.52008ATL
Simeon Rice (25)16.51999ARI
Andre Tippett+ (25)16.51985NWE
Kevin Greene+ (26)16.51988RAM
53Curtis Greer (25)16.01983STL
Jacob Green (26)16.01983SEA
Dwight Freeney (24)16.02004IND
Reggie White+ (36)16.01998GNB
Doug Betters (27)16.01983MIA
Greg Brown (27)16.01984PHI
Simon Fletcher (30)16.01992DEN
James Harrison (30)16.02008PIT
Charles Haley+ (26)16.01990SFO
Derrick Burgess (27)16.02005OAK
63Sean Jones (23)15.51986RAI
Wayne Martin (26)15.51992NOR
Clyde Simmons (25)15.51989PHI
John Randle+ (29)15.51997MIN
Jared Allen (25)15.52007KAN
Aaron Kampman (26)15.52006GNB
Leonard Marshall (23)15.51985NYG
Simeon Rice (28)15.52002TAM
DeMarcus Ware (28)15.52010DAL
Lawrence Taylor+ (29)15.51988NYG
73Mike Merriweather (23)15.01984PIT
Hugh Douglas (29)15.02000PHI
Neil Smith (27)15.01993KAN
Chris Doleman+ (36)15.01998SFO
Kevin Greene+ (36)15.01998CAR
Michael Strahan+ (26)15.01998NYG
Cameron Wake (30)15.02012MIA
Greg Hardy (25)15.02013CAR
Dana Stubblefield (26)15.01997SFO
Lawrence Taylor+ (30)15.01989NYG
Lee Williams (23)15.01986SDG
Peter Boulware (26)15.02001BAL
Dexter Manley (27)15.01985WAS
Robert Porcher (30)15.01999DET
William Fuller (29)15.01991HOU
Reggie White+ (29)15.01991PHI
Khalil Mack (24)15.02015OAK
Adewale Ogunleye (26)15.02003MIA
Simeon Rice (29)15.02003TAM
Bruce Smith+ (23)15.01986BUF
93Art Still (28)14.51984KAN
Jeff Bryant (24)14.51984SEA
Ezra Johnson (27)14.51983GNB
Bertrand Berry (29)14.52004ARI
Jared Allen (27)14.52009MIN
Jason Taylor (26)14.52000MIA
Michael McCrary (28)14.51998BAL
Tamba Hali (26)14.52010KAN
Connor Barwin (27)14.52014PHI
Mario Williams (29)14.52014BUF
Derrick Thomas+ (25)14.51992KAN
Neil Smith (26)14.51992KAN
Osi Umenyiora (23)14.52005NYG
Leonard Little (26)14.52001STL
Charles Mann (24)14.51985WAS
Patrick Kerney (30)14.52007SEA
Jevon Kearse (23)14.51999TEN
Kevin Greene+ (34)14.51996CAR
Ezekiel Ansah (26)14.52015DET
Jared Allen (26)14.52008MIN
Julius Peppers (28)14.52008CAR
Chris Doleman+ (30)14.51992MIN
115Aldon Smith (21)14.02011SFO
Keith Willis (24)14.01983PIT
Doug Betters (28)14.01984MIA
Reggie Camp (23)14.01984CLE
Terrell Suggs (28)14.02011BAL
Eric Hicks (24)14.02000KAN
Bruce Smith+ (30)14.01993BUF
Cameron Wake (28)14.02010MIA
Von Miller (25)14.02014DEN
Bruce Smith+ (34)14.01997BUF
Michael Strahan+ (25)14.01997NYG
Curtis Greer (26)14.01984STL
Lee Williams (26)14.01989SDG
Reggie White+ (30)14.01992PHI
Simeon Rice (31)14.02005TAM
Freddie Joe Nunn (26)14.01988PHO
Reggie White+ (28)14.01990PHI
Aaron Schobel (29)14.02006BUF
Kevin Greene+ (32)14.01994PIT
DeMarcus Ware (25)14.02007DAL
Mario Williams (22)14.02007HOU
Jim Jeffcoat (25)14.01986DAL
Bryan Cox (24)14.01992MIA
Cortez Kennedy+ (24)14.01992SEA
Bruce Smith+ (29)14.01992BUF
140Mike Bell (27)13.51984KAN
Dexter Manley (26)13.51984WAS
Rickey Jackson+ (34)13.51992NOR
Tony Bennett (25)13.51992GNB
Rulon Jones (28)13.51986DEN
William Gay (28)13.51983DET
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (26)13.52004GNB
Clay Matthews (24)13.52010GNB
Dwight Freeney (29)13.52009IND
LaMarr Woodley (24)13.52009PIT
Jason Gildon (28)13.52000PIT
Simon Fletcher (31)13.51993DEN
Ryan Kerrigan (26)13.52014WAS
Carlos Dunlap (26)13.52015CIN
Lamar Lathon (28)13.51996CAR
Tim Harris (23)13.51988GNB
Charlie Clemons (29)13.52001NOR
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (23)13.52001GNB
Leslie O'Neal (26)13.51990SDG
Jacob Green (28)13.51985SEA
Mark Gastineau (28)13.51985NYJ
Jason Taylor (32)13.52006MIA
Ken Harvey (29)13.51994WAS
Michael McCrary (26)13.51996SEA
Bruce Smith+ (33)13.51996BUF
Derrick Thomas+ (24)13.51991KAN
Simon Fletcher (29)13.51991DEN
John Randle+ (26)13.51994MIN
168Howie Long+ (23)13.01983RAI
Doug English (30)13.01983DET
Eddie Edwards (29)13.01983CIN
Dwaine Board (26)13.01983SFO
Al Baker (26)13.01983STL
Jacob Green (27)13.01984SEA
Bruce Smith+ (26)13.01989BUF
Anthony Smith (25)13.01992RAI
Ray Childress (29)13.01992HOU
John Abraham (32)13.02010ATL
Doug Martin (26)13.01983MIN
Patrick Kerney (27)13.02004ATL
Chris Long (26)13.02011STL
Pat Swilling (30)13.01995OAK
Wayne Martin (29)13.01995NOR
William Fuller (33)13.01995PHI
Mario Williams (28)13.02013BUF
Clay Matthews (26)13.02012GNB
Reggie White+ (31)13.01993GNB
Renaldo Turnbull (27)13.01993NOR
Sean Jones (30)13.01993HOU
Marcus Jones (27)13.02000TAM
Will Smith (28)13.02009NOR
Jason Taylor (29)13.02003MIA
John Abraham (23)13.02001NYJ
Greg Brown (28)13.01985PHI
Too Tall Jones (34)13.01985DAL
Karl Mecklenburg (25)13.01985DEN
Lawrence Taylor+ (26)13.01985NYG
Reggie White+ (23)13.01985PHI
Dwight Freeney (22)13.02002IND
Kevin Greene+ (28)13.01990RAM
Dennis Byrd (23)13.01990NYJ
Marcellus Wiley (26)13.02001SDG
Jamir Miller (27)13.02001CLE
Leonard Little (31)13.02006STL
Julius Peppers (26)13.02006CAR
Chad Brown (26)13.01996PIT
Alfred Williams (27)13.01996DEN
Derrick Thomas+ (29)13.01996KAN
Michael Sinclair (28)13.01996SEA
William Fuller (34)13.01996PHI
Greg Townsend (29)13.01991RAI
Clyde Simmons (27)13.01991PHI
Tony Bennett (24)13.01991GNB
Trevor Pryce (24)13.01999DEN
Osi Umenyiora (25)13.02007NYG
Trevor Pryce (31)13.02006BAL
216Richard Dent+ (32)12.51993CHI
Trent Cole (26)12.52009PHI
Randy White+ (31)12.51984DAL
Bill Pickel (24)12.51984RAI
Leslie O'Neal (25)12.51989SDG
Jason Babin (30)12.52010TEN
Leslie O'Neal (22)12.51986SDG
Andre Tippett+ (27)12.51987NWE
Richard Dent+ (26)12.51987CHI
Chris Doleman+ (31)12.51993MIN
Kevin Greene+ (31)12.51993PIT
Robert Porcher (28)12.51997DET
Jason Pierre-Paul (25)12.52014NYG
Leslie O'Neal (31)12.51995SDG
Cameron Jordan (24)12.52013NOR
Geno Atkins (24)12.52012CIN
Charles Johnson (26)12.52012CAR
Hugh Douglas (27)12.51998PHI
Anthony Smith (26)12.51993RAI
John Randle+ (25)12.51993MIN
Leonard Little (28)12.52003STL
Shaun Ellis (26)12.52003NYJ
Mike Wilcher (25)12.51985RAM
Bill Pickel (25)12.51985RAI
Randy White+ (30)12.51983DAL
Hugh Douglas (31)12.52002PHI
Andre Carter (23)12.52002SFO
Greg Townsend (28)12.51990RAI
Sean Jones (27)12.51990HOU
Jacob Green (33)12.51990SEA
Charles Haley+ (30)12.51994DAL
Leslie O'Neal (30)12.51994SDG
Trent Cole (24)12.52007PHI
Chandler Jones (25)12.52015NWE
Simeon Rice (22)12.51996ARI
Roy Barker (27)12.51996SFO
Warren Sapp+ (26)12.51999TAM
Mike Vrabel (32)12.52007NWE
Shawne Merriman (23)12.52007SDG
Greg Ellis (32)12.52007DAL
Elvis Dumervil (23)12.52007DEN
Kyle Vanden Bosch (26)12.52005TEN