In 1982 the National Football League gave into the demands of making the sack an official stat. Unanimous joy has pursued ever since.
While the league continues to trend towards an offense-happy environment, there’s still something to be said of the level of excitement brewed from a defensive player breaking free and slamming a quarterback to the turf.
On Sunday in front of a Philadelphia crowd that would cower in his presence if they weren’t 200-plus feet away booing his exploits relentlessly, linebacker Brian Orakpo recorded 1.5 sacks to bring his total to 35 as a member of the Washington Redskins.
He now is sixth all-time in franchise history in the statistical category.
The first three letters of his last name is all you need to know about the 1986 Pro Bowler. He was a man among boys out there.
From 1982 to 1989, Manley recorded 91 sacks including 18.5 during the ’86 season. It still stands as the single-season franchise record.
Prideful of his full throttle play, Mann is second in Redskins history with 82 sacks. In 1985 he recorded 14.5 sacks to include three in one game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Easily could have so much more than what the books show. Recording a career-high 10.5 quarterback takedowns in 1984, the former 11th round pick was a beast in the linebacking corps.
Just the other day Harvey appeared on ESPN 980 to talk pass-rush with the guys. Who better to dissect the current state of pressuring quarterbacks than a man that got 41.5 in only five seasons?
Playing the first nine years of his career in the non-sack recording era, Butz has 35.5 to his name. Everyone knows he actually has more.
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