Most people think that the NFL is a passing league and that's all well and good. But, for those who play defense, it's all about laying down crushing hits, especially on quarterbacks. There have been just a few who have made getting to the passer an art form. So, let's review the top 10 all-time leaders in quarterbacks sacks.
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10. Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O'Neal: 132.5
The original "LT," Taylor's dominance at outside linebacker revolutionized the way NFL teams set up pass-rushing schemes, offensive-line play, and offensive formations so they could try to stop him from getting to their quarterbacks. The Hall of Famer is thought of by some to be best defensive player to ever play the game. Meanwhile, O'Neal was the defensive rookie of the year in 1986 and went to play in six Pro Bowls during his 13-year NFL career.
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9. John Abraham: 133.5
He's ninth on the list and could be higher by the time his career is over. Abraham has spent time with three different teams over his 14 seasons in the NFL. He has recorded double-digit sack totals in eight of those seasons, including a high of 16.5 back in 2008. He's now with the Cardinals and has a chance to up his numbers.
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7. John Randle and Richard Dent: 137.5
Dent was a key member of the 1985 Super Bowl shuffling Bears, leading the NFL with 17 sacks that season. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XX when the Bears crushed the Patriots 46-10. The Vikings signed Randle as an undrafted free agent in 1990. He led the NFL in sacks with 15.5 in 1997. His most frequent sack victim in his career was Brett Favre. Dent and Randle are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
6. Jason Taylor: 139.5
He entered the league as a skinny, unheralded third-round pick out of Akron. By the time he was done playing after 15 seasons in the league, Taylor had terrorized quarterbacks. He had six seasons of double-digit sacks and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. His highest sack total was 18.5 back in 2002. He was a four-time All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler.
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5. Michael Strahan: 141.5
Strahan set the record for sacks in a season when he had 22.5 in 2001, breaking the record of 22 set by the Jets' Mark Gastineau. He retired after the 2007 season after an illustrious career. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
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4. Chris Doleman: 150.5
Doleman recorded 21 sacks in the 1989 season for the Vikings, the third highest total ever. He later played for the Falcons and the 49ers before finishing his career with the Vikings in 1999.
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3. Kevin Greene: 160.0
In 1996, Greene set a record by recording five straight multi-sack games when he was chasing down quarterbacks for the Panthers. He retired following the 1999 season after a 15-year career spent with four different teams.
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2. Reggie White: 198.0
Known as "The Minister of Defense," White actually has 23.5 more sacks in his professional career, accumulated during his two years in the USFL. He was the all-time sack leader when he retired for the second time in 2002.
1. Bruce Smith: 200.0
Smith finished his career with the Redskins, but he was known as one of the key cogs in the Buffalo Bills teams that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s. He played 19 seasons in the NFL and recorded double-digit sacks in 13 of them. He was a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame and was elected in 2009.