NFL Sacks Single-Season Leaders

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Leaders

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