NFL Defensive Players

2017 NFL Interceptions Leaders (Top 10) – Total Interceptions

  1. M. Hyde Buffalo Bills – 5
  2. K. Byard Tennessee Titans – 4
  3. J. McCo… Cleveland Browns – 3
    A. Bethea
    Arizona Cardinals – 3
    M. Peters
    Kansas City Chiefs – 3
    M. Hook…
    Indianapolis Colts – 3
    J. Mills
    Philadelphia Eagles – 3
    T. Gipson
    Jacksonville Jaguars – 3
    Glover Quin
    Detroit Lions – 3
    D. Randall
    Green Bay Packers – 3
    B. Carr
    Baltimore Ravens – 3
    K. Vacc…
    New Orleans Saints – 3
    H. Smith
    Minnesota Vikings – 3
Updated through Week 8

2017 NFL Sacks Leaders (Top 10) – Total Sacks

  1. D. Lawrence – Dallas Cowboys – 11.0
  2. C. Cam… – Jacksonville Jaguars – 10.0
    E. Griffen – Minnesota Vikings – 10.0
  3. M. Ingram – Los Angeles Chargers – 8.5
  4. Joey Bosa – Los Angeles Chargers – 8.5
  5. J. HoustonKansas City Chiefs – 7.5
    Julius PeppersCarolina Panthers – 7.5
  6. A. HicksChicago Bears – 7.0
    Von MillerDenver Broncos – 7.0
  7. Y. Ngakoue Jacksonville Jaguars – 6.5
  8. Chandler JonesArizona Cardinals – 6.0
    C. WakeMiami Dolphins – 6.0
    Ryan KerriganWashington Redskins – 6.0
  9. D. FowlerJacksonville Jaguars – 5.5
    Mario AddisonCarolina Panthers – 5.5
    C. JordanNew Orleans Saints – 5.5
    Michael BennettSeattle Seahawks – 5.5
  10. L. FloydChicago Bears – 5.0
    Geno AtkinsCincinnati Bengals – 5.0
    C. McCainLos Angeles Chargers – 5.0
    D. IrvingDallas Cowboys – 5.0
    Brandon GrahamPhiladelphia Eagles – 5.0
    C. HeywardPittsburgh Steelers – 5.0
Updated through Week 8

2016 NFL Interceptions Leaders (Top 10) – Total Interceptions

  1. C. HaywardSan Diego Chargers – 7
  2. Q. DempsHouston Texans – 6
  3. S. Gilmore – Buffalo Bills – 5
    M. PetersKansas City Chiefs – 5
    L. Collins
    – New York Giants – 5
    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – New York Giants – 5
    Ha Ha Clinton-DixNew York Jets – 5
    R. Nelson – Oakland Raiders – 5
    X. Rhodes – Minnesota Vikings – 5
  4. B. GrimesTampa Bay Buccaneers – 4
    K. TandyTampa Bay Buccaneers – 4
    M. Cooper
    Arizona Cardinals – 4
    E. BerryKansas City Chiefs – 4 
    T. LippettMiami Dolphins – 4
    J. HicksPhiladelphia Eagles – 4
    M. ButlerNew England Patriots – 4
    Eric WeddleBaltimore Ravens – 4
    C.J. MosleyBaltimore Ravens – 4
  5. Dre KirkpatrickCincinnati Bengals – 3
    G. Iloka Cincinnati Bengals – 3
    S. WilliamsCincinnati Bengals – 3
    Aquib TalibDenver Broncos – 3

    D. StewartDenver Broncos – 3
    B. Boddy… Cleveland Browns – 3
    D.J. SwearingerArizona Cardinals – 3
    P. PetersonArizona Cardinals – 3
    D. SorensonKansas City Chiefs – 2
    D. Butler Indianapolis Colts – 3
    Rodney McLeodPhiladelphia Eagles – 3
    D. JonesAtlanta Falcons – 3
    J. JenkinsNew York Giants – 3
    M. HydeGreen Bay Packers – 3 

    K. ColemanCarolina Panthers – 3
    Z. OrrBaltimore Ravens – 3
    Brashaud BreelandWashington Redskins – 3
    A. BurnsPittsburgh Steelers – 3
    Ryan ShazierPittsburgh Steelers – 3
    Perrish CoxTennessee Titans – 3
    T. WaynesMinnesota Vikings – 3 
Updated through Week 17

2016 NFL Sacks Leaders (Top 10) – Total Sacks

  1. V. BeasleyAtlanta Falcons – 15.5
  2. Von MillerDenver Broncos – 13.5
  3. Danielle HunterMinnesota Vikings – 12.5
    Lorenzo AlexanderBuffalo Bills – 12.5
    Markus GoldenArizona Cardinals – 12.5
  4. C. WakeMiami Dolphins – 12.0
  5. Cliff AverilSeattle Seahawks – 11.5
  6. Chandler JonesNew England Patriots – 11.0
    Eric Walden Indianapolis Colts – 11.0
    K. MackOakland Raiders – 11.0
    Nick PerryGreen Bay Packers – 11.0
  7. Brian OrakpoTennessee Titans – 10.5
    J. BosaSan Diego Chargers – 10.5
    Ryan KerriganWashington Redskins – 10.5
  8. Dee FordKansas City Chiefs – 10.0
    Frank ClarkSeattle Seahawks – 10.0
  9. Mario AddisonCarolina Panthers – 9.5
  10. D. MorganTennessee Titans – 9.0
    Geno AtkinsCincinnati Bengals – 8.5
Updated through Week 17

2015 NFL Interceptions Leaders (Top 10) – Total Interceptions

  1. Reggie NelsonCincinnati Bengals – 8
    Marcus PetersKansas City Chiefs – 8
  2. Kurt ColemanCarolina Panthers – 7
    Trumaine JohnsonSt. Louis Rams – 7
  3. Marcus WilliamsNew York Jets – 6
  4. Mike AdamsIndianapolis Colts – 5
    Rashad JohnsonArizona Cardinals – 5
    Reshad JonesMiami Dolphins – 5
    Tyrann MathieuArizona Cardinals – 5
    Charles WoodsonOakland Raiders – 5
    Earl ThomasSeattle Seahawks – 5
    Darrelle RevisNew York Jets – 5
  5. Brent GrimesMiami Dolphins – 4
    Luke KuechlyCarolina Panthers – 4

    Dwight Lowery – Indianapolis Colts – 4
    Josh NormanCarolina Panthers – 4
    Logan RyanNew England Patriots – 4
  6. Kenneth AckerSan Francisco 49ers – 3
    Ricardo AllenAtlanta Falcons – 3
    David Amerson – 3
    Trumaine BrockSan Francisco 49ers – 3
    Karlos DansbyCleveland Browns – 3
    Lavonte DavidTampa Bay Buccaneers – 3
    Thomas DavisCarolina Panthers – 3
    Vontae DavisIndianapolis Colts – 3
    Marcus GilchristNew York Jets – 3
    Stephon GilmoreBuffalo Bills – 3
    Andre HalHouston Texans – 3
    Duron HarmonNew England Patriots – 3
    Davon HouseJacksonville Jaguars – 3
    Janoris JenkinsSt. Louis Rams – 3
    Adam JonesCincinnati Bengals – 3
    Trumaine McBrideNew York Giants – 3
    Michael MitchellPittsburgh Steelers – 3
    Terence NewmanMinnesota Vikings – 3
    Paul PoslusznyJacksonville Jaguars – 3
    Glover QuinDetroit Lions – 3
    Damarious RandallGreen Bay Packers – 3
    Dominique Rodgers-CromartieNew York Giants – 3
    Sam ShieldsGreen Bay Packers – 3
    Aquib TalibDenver Broncos – 3
    Walter ThurmondPhiladelphia Eagles – 3
    Jason VerrettSan Diego Chargers – 3

2015 NFL Sacks Leaders (Top 10) – Total Sacks

  1. J.J. WattHouston Texans – 17.5
  2. Khalil MackOakland Raiders – 15.0
  3. Ezekiel AnsahDetroit Lions – 14.5
  4. Carlos DunlapCincinnati Bengals – 13.5
  5. Chandler JonesNew England Patriots – 12.5
  6. Muhammad WilkersonNew York Jets – 12.0
    Whitney MercilusHouston Texans – 12.0
  7. Aaron DonaldSt. Louis Rams – 11.0
    Geno AtkinsCincinnati Bengals – 11.0
    Von MillerDenver Broncos – 11.0
    Kawann ShortCarolina Panthers – 11.0
  8. Michael BennettSeattle Seahawks – 9.5
    Julius PeppersGreen Bay Packers – 9.5
  9. Cameron JordanNew Orleans Saints – 9.0
  10. Everson GriffenMinnesota Vikings – 8.5
    Ryan KerriganWashington Redskins – 8.5

2014 NFL Interceptions Leaders (Top 10) – Total Interceptions

  1. Glover Quin – Detroit Lions – 7
  2. Tashaun Gipson – Cleveland Browns – 6
  3. Mike Adams – Indianapolis Colts – 5
    Brent Grimes
     – Miami Dolphins – 5
    Perrish Cox – San Francisco 49ers – 5
    Harrison Smith – Minnesota Vikings – 5
    Bruce Carter – Dallas Cowboys – 5
  4. Leodis McKelvin – Buffalo Bills – 4
    Buster Skrine – Cleveland Browns – 4
    Jonathan Banks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4
    Rashad Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – 4
    Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles – 4
    Kemal Ishmael – Atlanta Falcons – 4
    Quintin Demps – New York Giants – 4
    James Ihedigbo
     – Detroit Lions – 4
    Rahim Moore – Denver Broncos – 4
    Vontae Davis
     – Indianapolis Colts – 4
    Antoine Bethea – San Francisco 49ers – 4
    Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders – 4
    Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks – 4
    Kyle Fuller – Chicago Bears – 4
    Roman Harper – Carolina Panthers – 4
    Chris Culliver – San Francisco 49ers – 4
    Reggie Nelson – Cincinnati Bengals – 4
    Nate Allen – Philadelphia Eagles – 4
  5. Chris Conte – Chicago Bears – 3
    George Iloka – Cincinnati Bengals – 3
    Stephon Gilmore – Buffalo Bills – 3
    Da’Norris Searcy – Buffalo Bills – 3
    Chris Harris Jr. – Denver Broncos – 3
    Joe Haden – Cleveland Browns – 3
    Danny Lansanah – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 3
    Jerraud Powers – Arizona Cardinals – 3
    Antonio Cromartie – Arizona Cardinals – 3
    Brandon Flowers – San Diego Chargers – 3
    Reshad Jones – Miami Dolphins – 3
    Antrel Rolle – New York Giants – 3
    Prince Amukamara – New York Giants – 3
    Casey Hayward – Green Bay Packers – 3
    Trumaine Johnson – St. Louis Rams – 3
    Jumal Rolle – Houston Texans – 3
    Jason McCourty – Tennessee Titans – 3
    Josh Robinson – Minnesota Vikings – 3
    Eric Reid – San Francisco 49ers – 3
    Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals – 3
    Tramon Williams – Green Bay Packers – 3
    William Gay – Pittsburgh Steelers – 3
    Ryan Mundy – Chicago Bears – 3
    Desmond Trufant – Atlanta Falcons – 3
    Kareem Jackson – Houston Texans – 3
    Dre Kirkpatrick – Cincinnati Bengals – 3

2014 NFL Sacks Leaders (Top 10) – Total Sacks

  1. Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs – 22.0
  2. J.J. Watt – Houston Texans – 20.5
  3. Elvis Dumervil – Baltimore Ravens – 17.0
  4. Mario Williams – Buffalo Bills – 15.0
  5. Connor Barwin – Philadelphia Eagles – 14.5
  6. Von Miller – Denver Broncos – 14.0
  7. Ryan Kerrigan – Washington Redskins – 13.5
  8. Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants – 12.5
  9. Everson Griffen – Minnesota Vikings – 12.0
    Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens – 12.0
  10. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins – 11.5

2013 NFL Interception Leaders (Top 5) – Total Interceptions

  1. Tim Jennings – CB – Chicago Bears – 8
  2. Patrick Peterson – CB – Arizona Cardinals – 7
    Stevie Brown – S – New York Giants – 7
    Richard Sherman – CB – Seattle Seahawks – 7
  3. Thomas DeCoud – S – Atlanta Falcons – 6
    Casey Hayward – CB – Green Bacy Packers – 6
  4. Devin McCourty – CB – New England Patriots – 5
    Jarius Byrd – S – Buffalo Bills – 5
    London Fletcher – LB – Washington Redskins – 5
  5. Jason McCourty – CB – Tennessee Titans – 4
    Kerry Rhodes – S – Arizona Cardinals – 4
    Corey Webster – CB – New York Giants – 4
    Major Wright – S – Chicago Bears – 4
    William Moore – S – Atlanta Falcons – 4
    DeAngelo Hall – CB – Washington Redskins – 4
    Kareem Jackson – CB – Houston Texans – 4
    Ed Reed – S – Baltimore Ravens – 4
    Tavon Wilson – S – New England Patriots – 4
    Cary Williams – CB – Baltimore Ravens – 4
    Ronde Barber – CB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4
    Asante Samuel – CB – Atlanta Falcons – 4
    Darius Butler – CB – Indianapolis Colts – 4
    Derek Cox – CB – Jacksonville Jaguars – 4
    Reshad Jones – S – Miami Dolphins – 4
    Janoris Jenkins – CB – St. Louis Rams – 4

2013 NFL Sack Leaders (Top 10) – Total Sacks

  1. J.J. Watt – DE – Houston Texans – 20.5
  2. Aldon Smith – LB – San Francisco 49ers – 19.5
  3. Von Miller – LB – Denver Broncos – 17.5
  4. Cameron Wake – LB – Miami Dolphins – 15.0
  5. Geno Atkins – DT – Cincinnati Bengals – 12.5
  6. Clay Matthews – LB – Green Bay Packers – 12.0
  7. Cris Clemons – DE – Seattle Seahawks – 11.5
    DeMarcus Ware – LB – Dallas Cowboys – 11.5
    Julius Peppers – DE – Chicago Bears – 11.5
  8. Greg Hardy – DE – Carolina Panthers – 11.0
    Jared Allen – DE – Minnesota Vikings – 11.0
    Elvis Dumervil – DE – Denver Broncos – 11.0
  9. Charles Johnson – DE – Carolina Panthers – 10.5
    Mario Williams – DE – Buffalo Bills – 10.5
  10. John Abraham – DE – Atlanta Falcons – 10.0
    Anthony Spencer – LB – Dallas Cowboys – 10.0
    Justin Houston – LB – Kansas City Chiefs – 10.0

2013 NFL Tackle Leaders (Top 10)

  1. James Laurinaitis – LB – St. Louis Cardinals – 115 Tackles (22 Assists)
  2. Lavonte David – LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 107 Tackles (26 Assists)
  3. Derrick Johnson – LB – Kansas City Chiefs – 104 Tackles (15 Assists)
  4. Paul Posluszny – LB – Jacksonville Jaguars – 100 Tackles (29 Assists)
    Daryl Washington – LB – Arizona Cardinals – 100 Tackles (23 Assists)
  5. Russell Allen – LB – Jacksonville Jaguars – 99 Tackles (24 Assists)
  6. Chad Greenway – LB – Minnesota Vikings – 95 Tackles (50 Assists)
    Karlos DansbyMiami Dolphins – 95 Tackles (26 Assists)
  7. NaVorro Bowman – LB – San Francisco 49ers – 93 Tackles (51 Assists)
    Luke Kuechly – LB – Carolina Panthers – 93 Tackles (58 Assists)
  8. Jo-Lonn Dunbar – LB – St. Louis Rams – 86 Tackles (17 Assists)
  9. DeMeco RyansPhiladelphia Eagles – 85 Tackles (26 Assists)
    Jerod Mayo – LB – New England Patriots – 85 Tackles (57 Assists)
  10. Patrick Willis – LB – San Francisco 49ers – 84 Tackles (32 Assists)

NFL Career Interception Leaders (Top 30 All Time)

  1. Paul Krause – 81 Interceptions (1964-1979) HOF
  2. Emlen Tunnell – 79 Interceptions (1948-1961) HOF
  3. Rod Woodson – 71 Interceptions (1987-2003) HOF
  4. Dick “Night Train” Lane – 68 Interceptions (1952-1965) HOF
  5. Ken Riley – 65 Interceptions (1969-1983)
    Charles Woodson – 65 Interceptions (1998-2015)
  6. Ed Reed – 64 Interceptions (2002-2013)
  7. Darren Sharper – 63 Interceptions (1997-2010)
    Ronnie Lott – 63 Interceptions (1981-1994) HOF
  8. Dave Brown – 62 Interceptions (1975-1989)
    Dick LeBeau – 62 Interceptions (1959-1972) HOF
  9. Emmitt Thomas – 58 Interceptions (1966-1978) HOF
  10. Everson Walls – 57 Interceptions (1981-1993)
    Johnny Robinson – 57 Interceptions (1960-1971)
    Eugene Robinson – 57 Interceptions (1985-2000)
    Bobby Boyd – 57 Interceptions (1960-1968)
    Mel Blount – 57 Interceptions (1970-1983) HOF
  11. Lem Barney – 56 Interceptions (1967-1977) HOF
    Pat Fischer – 56 Interceptions (1961-1977)
  12. Aeneas Williams – 55 Interceptions (1991-2004) HOF
  13. Eric Allen – 54 Interceptions (1988-2001)
    Willie Brown – 54 Interceptions (1963-1978) HOF
    Darrell Green – 54 Interceptions (1983-2002) HOF
  14. Deion Sanders – 53 Interceptions (1989-2005) HOF
    Ty Law – 53 Interceptions (1995-2009)
  15. Jack Butler – 52 Interceptions (1951-1959) HOF
    Bobby Dillon – 52 Interceptions (1952-1959)
    Jimmy Patton – 52 Interceptions (1955-1966)
    Larry Wilson – 52 Interceptions (1960-1972) HOF
    Mel Renfro – 52 Interceptions (1964-1977) HOF
    Champ Bailey – 52 Interceptions (1999-2013)
  16. Donnie Shell – 51 Interceptions (1974-1987)
    Bobby Bryant – 51 Interceptions (1968-1980)
    Asante Samuel – 51 Interceptions (2003-2013) 
  17. Terrell Buckley – 50 Interceptions (1992-2005)
    Don Burroughs – 50 Interceptions (1955-1964)
    Deron Cherry – 50 Interceptions (1981-1991)
    John Harris – 50 Interceptions (1978-1988)
    Yale Lary – 50 Interceptions (1952-1964) HOF
  18. Jake Scott – 49 Interceptions (1970-1978)
    Ken Houston – 49 Interceptions (1967-1980) HOF
  19. Herb Adderley – 48 Interceptions (1961-1972) HOF
    Dave Grayson – 48 Interceptions (1961-1970)
    Richie Petibon – 48 Interceptions (1959-1972)
    Dave Waymer – 48 Interceptions (1980-1992)
    Willie Wood – 48 Interceptions (1960-1971) HOF
  20. Ronde Barber – 47 Interceptions (1997-2012)
    Ray Buchanan – 47 Interceptions (1993-2004)
    Lemar Parrish – 47 Interceptions (1970-1982)
    Jimmy Johnson – 47 Interceptions (1961-1976) HOF
    Troy Vincent – 47 Interceptions (1992-2006)
  21. Jack Christiansen – 46 Interceptions (1951-1958) HOF
    Goose Gonsoulin – 46 Interceptions (1960-1967)
    Mike Haynes – 46 Interceptions (1976-1989) HOF
    Eddie Meador – 46 Interceptions (1959-1970)
    Dave Whitsell – 46 Interceptions (1958-1969)
  22. Jim Norton – 45 Interceptions (1960-1968)
    James Hasty – 45 Interceptions (1988-2001)
    Thom Darden – 45 Interceptions (1972-1981)
    Erich Barnes – 45 Interceptions (1958-1971)
  23. Steve Foley – 44 Interceptions (1976-1986)
    Warren Lahr – 44 Interceptions (1949-1959)
  24. Cris Dishman – 43 Interceptions (1988-2000)
    Dre’ Bly – 43 Interceptions (1999-2009)
    Kermit Alexander – 43 Interceptions (1963-1973)
    DeAngelo Hall – 43 Interceptions (2004-2016) 
  25. Ashley Ambrose – 42 Interceptions (1992-2004)
    Gill Byrd – 42 Interceptions (1983-1992)
    Bobby Hunt – 42 Interceptions (1962-1969)
    Sammy Knight – 42 Interceptions (1997-2008)
    Albert Lewis – 42 Interceptions (1983-1998)
  26. Don Doll – 41 Interceptions (1949-1954)
    Aaron Glenn – 41 Interceptions (1994-2008)
    Spider Lockhart – 41 Interceptions (1965-1975)
    Johnny Sample – 41 Interceptions (1958-1968)
    Charlie Waters – 41 Interceptions (1970-1981)
    Terence Newman – 41 Interceptions (2003-2017)
  27. Butch Byrd – 40 Interceptions (1964-1971)
    W.K. Hicks – 40 Interceptions (1964-1972)
    Tom Keane – 40 Interceptions (1948-1955)
    Tim McDonald – 40 Interceptions (1987-1999)
    Ed Sharockman – 40 Interceptions (1961-1972)
    Bill Thompson – 40 Interceptions (1969-1981)
    Roger Wehrli – 40 Interceptions (1969-1982) HOF 
  28. Gary Barbaro – 39 Interceptions (1976-1982)
    Glen Edwards – 39 Interceptions (1971-1981)
    Lester Hayes – 39 Interceptions (1977-1986)
    Tory James – 39 Interceptions (1996-2006)
    Rolland Lawrence – 39 Interceptions (1973-1980)
    Clarence R. Scott – 39 Interceptions (1971-1983)
  29. Donnie Abraham – 38 Interceptions (1996-2004)
    Ray Brown – 38 Interceptions (1971-1980)
    LeRoy Butler – 38 Interceptions (1990-2001)
    Lindon Crow – 38 Interceptions (1955-1964)
    Eugene Daniel – 38 Interceptions (1984-1997)
    Eric Davis – 38 Interceptions (1990-2002)
    Gary Fencik – 38 Interceptions (1976-1987)
    Mike Harden – 38 Interceptions (1980-1990)
    Sam Madison – 38 Interceptions (1997-2008)
    Kevin Ross – 38 Interceptions (1984-1997)
    Rick Volk – 38 Interceptions (1967-1978)
    Charles Tillman – 38 Interceptions (2003-2015)
  30. Don Shinnick – 37 Interceptions (1957-1969)
    Patrick Surtain – 37 Interceptions (1998-2008)
    Jack Tatum – 37 Interceptions (1971-1980)
    Lionel Washington – 37 Interceptions (1983-1997)
    Dwayne Woodruff – 37 Interceptions (1979-1990)
    Ken Reaves – 37 Interceptions (1966-1977)
    Dick Lynch – 37 Interceptions (1958-1966)
    Joey Browner – 37 Interceptions (1983-1992)
    Nolan Cromwell – 37 Interceptions (1977-1987)
    Brian Dawkins – 37 Interceptions (1977-1987)
    Tony Greene – 37 Interceptions (1971-1979)
    Bob Howard – 37 Interceptions (1967-1979)
    Todd Lyght – 37 Interceptions (1991-2002)

Players in Orange are Active and may change chart positions 

NFL Career Sack Leaders (Top 40 All Time)

  1. Bruce Smith – 200.0 Sacks (1985-2003) HOF
  2. Reggie White – 198.0 Sacks (1985-2000) HOF
  3. Kevin Greene – 160.0 Sacks (1985-1999) HOF
  4. Julius Peppers – 151.0 Sacks (2002-2016)
  5. Chris Doleman – 150.5 Sacks (1985-1999) HOF
  6. Michael Strahan – 141.5 Sacks (1993-2007) HOF
  7. Jason Taylor – 139.5 Sacks (1997-2011) 
  8. DeMarcus Ware – 138.5 Sacks (2005-2016)
  9. Richard Dent – 137.5 Sacks (1983-1997) HOF
    John Randle – 137.5 Sacks (1990-2003) HOF 
  10. Jared Allen – 136.0 Sacks (2004-2015)
  11. John Abraham – 133.5 Sacks (2000-2014)
  12. Lawrence Taylor – 132.5 Sacks (1981-1993) HOF
    Leslie O’Neal – 132.5 Sacks (1986-1999) 
  13. Rickey Jackson – 128.0 Sacks (1981-1995) HOF
  14. Derrick Thomas – 126.5 Sacks (1989-1999) HOF
  15. Robert Mathis – 123.0 Sacks (2003-2016)
    Dwight Freeney – 123.0 Sacks (2002-2017)
  16. Simeon Rice – 122.0 Sacks (1996-2007)
  17. Clyde Simmons – 121.5 Sacks (1986-2000) 
  18. Terrell Suggs – 119.0 Sacks (2003-2017)
  19. Sean Jones – 113.0 Sacks (1984-1996)
  20. Greg Townsend – 109.5 Sacks (1983-1997)
  21. Pat Swilling – 107.5 Sacks (1986-1998) 
  22. Trace Armstrong – 106.0 Sacks (1989-2003)
  23. Kevin Carter – 104.5 Sacks (1995-2008)
    Neil Smith – 104.5 Sacks (1988-2000)
  24. Jim Jeffcoat – 102.5 Sacks (1983-1997)
    Elvis Dumervil – 102.5 Sacks (2006-2017)
  25. Charles Haley – 100.5 Sacks (1986-1999)
    William Fuller – 100.5 Sacks (1986-1998)
  26. Andre Tippett – 100.0 Sacks (1982-1993) HOF
  27. Joey Porter – 98.0 Sacks (1999-2011)
  28. Simon Fletcher – 97.5 Sacks (1985-1995)
    Jacob Green – 97.5 Sacks (1980-1992)
    Dexter Manley – 97.5 Sacks (1981-1991)
    Mario Williams – 97.5 Sacks (2006-2016)
  29. Warren Sapp – 96.5 Sacks (1995-2007) HOF
  30. Robert Porcher – 95.5 Sacks (1992-2003)
  31. Steve McMichael – 95.0 Sacks (1980-1994) 
  32. Henry Thomas – 93.5 Sacks (1987-2000)
  33. Trevor Pryce – 91.0 Sacks (1997-2010)
  34. Trent Cole – 90.5 Sacks (2005-2016)
  35. Bryant Young – 89.5 Sacks (1994-2007)
    Tamba Hali – 89.5 Sacks (2006-2016)
  36. Ken Harvey – 89.0 Sacks (1988-1998)
  37. Leonard Little – 87.5 Sacks (1998-2009)
    Cameron Wake – 87.5 Sacks (2009-2017)
  38. Justin Smith – 87.0 Sacks (2001-2014)
  39. Willie McGinest – 86.0 Sacks (1994-2008)
  40. Osi Umenyiora – 85.0 Sacks (2003-2014)

Players in Orange are Active and may change chart positions 

HOF = NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Member

NFL Career Tackle Leaders

The NFL did not start keeping the tackle as an official stat until 2001. Prior to that most teams kept their own tackle stats and has their own methods of identifying tackles. So you probably won’t find stats for guys like Ray Nitschke, Nick Buoniconti, Harry Carson or Chuck Bednarik who played many years and probably built up a lot of tackles (over 1000). ESPN has been compiling team tackle stats for about 15 years so they probably have the closest numbers for current players. It is also why you might not find all of Seau’s tackles from his first 4 years.

Numbers as of 03/09

  1. *Randy Gradishar – 2,049
  2. *Scott Studwell- 1,882
  3. Junior Seau – 1,826
  4. Jessie Tuggle – 1,809
  5. Zach Thomas – 1,737
  6. Derrick Brooks – 1,698
  7. Ray Lewis – 1,637
  8. *Mike Singletary – 1,488
  9. Donnie Edwards – 1,487
  10. *Jack Lambert – 1,479
  11. London Fletcher – 1,362
  12. Lawyer Milloy – 1,309-no longer active

NOTE: Derrick Brooks has 2,198 “STOPS” according to certain websites. STOPS include “half-tackles” and “gang-tackles” while Brooks has been involved in 2,198 tackles these are not his tackle statistics according to what the NFL officially considers a tackle. His NFL stats are closer to 1700 if ESPN’s numbers (closest to official NFL) are used between ’95-’01. In order for Derrick Brooks to have 2,198 tackles he would be averaging 157 tackles a year. If you take in to consideration that his stats from 2001 forward are official (NFL) then according to these tackle stats Brooks was averaging 185 tackles between ’95 and ’01. This is highly unlikely and an incredible physical feat. Important to note that Brooks has never lead the league in any season for tackles and has only been in the top 10 once in his career. It is also important to note Zach Thomas and Ray Lewis entered the NFL at relatively the same time and have consistently been in the top 10 in tackles every season since with a few exceptions.

 

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