NFL Tackles Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Solo Tm
2019Joe Schobert (25)43CLE
2018Darius Leonard (23)111IND
2017Bobby Wagner (27)97SEA
2017Demario Davis (28)97NYJ
2016Kwon Alexander (22)108TAM
2015NaVorro Bowman (27)116SFO
2014DeAndre Levy (27)121DET
2013Paul Posluszny (28)122JAX
2012James Laurinaitis (25)117STL
2011D'Qwell Jackson (27)116CLE
2010Jerod Mayo (24)114NWE
2009Patrick Willis (24)114SFO
2008Jon Beason (23)110CAR
2007Patrick Willis (22)135SFO
2006DeMeco Ryans (22)125HOU
2005Jonathan Vilma (23)124NYJ
2004Derrick Brooks+ (31)109TAM
2003Keith Brooking (27)126ATL
2002Brian Urlacher+ (24)115CHI
2001Ray Lewis+ (26)112BAL
2000Derrick Brooks+ (27)125TAM
1999Ray Lewis+ (24)131BAL
1998Derrick Brooks+ (25)123TAM
1997Ray Lewis+ (22)156BAL
1996Victor Green (26)123NYJ
1995Terry Wooden (28)114SEA
1994Chris Spielman (28)124DET
1994Junior Seau+ (25)124SDG
1993Hardy Nickerson (28)214TAM
1992Jessie Tuggle (27)193ATL
1991Jessie Tuggle (26)207ATL
1990Jessie Tuggle (25)201ATL
1989Byron Evans (25)184PHI
1988Kyle Clifton (26)162NYJ
1987Jesse Solomon (23)126MIN
1986Kyle Clifton (24)174NYJ
1985Kyle Clifton (23)160NYJ
1984Clay Matthews (28)126CLE
1983Dennis Smith (24)114DEN
1982Ronnie Lott+ (23)68SFO
1981Clay Matthews (25)128CLE
1980Monte Coleman (22)118WAS
1979Clay Matthews (23)103CLE
1978Clay Matthews (22)34CLE
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