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Panthers’ Greg Hardy sets a big goal this season: 50 sacks


Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is coming off a solid season in which he recorded 11 sacks. But this year his goal is a season that would be a lot more than “solid.”

Actually, his goal is something totally impossible: More than doubling the NFL record and getting 50 sacks in 2013.

“Fifty,” Hardy told “Why shoot low, right? If I’m going to shoot at it, I’m going to shoot at it with a 50 caliber. I’m going to shoot at a little bird with a 50-caliber bullet. That’s the goal for this year, 50 sacks, that’s where I’m at. That’s the goal, 50. You heard it first.”

Obviously, that’s utterly ridiculous. Michael Strahan’s NFL record is 22.5 sacks in a season. Hardy’s goal is to more than double that. Hardy’s target of 50 sacks is like a running back aiming for 5,000 yards in a season, or a quarterback hoping for 150 touchdown passes, or a receiver trying for 300 catches.

Really, if Hardy wants to aim high, why not go for 100 sacks or 1,000 sacks? His chances of getting to 100 or 1,000 are exactly the same as his chances of getting to 50: Zero.

But it’s good to have goals.

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51 Responses to “Panthers’ Greg Hardy sets a big goal this season: 50 sacks”
  1. tigers182 says: Jun 12, 2013 6:56 AM

    He’ll have egg on his face if he only gets 48.

  2. stevequinn says: Jun 12, 2013 6:59 AM

    It’s his QB that’s going to get sacked 50 times.

  3. ebr362 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:01 AM

    Someone please pass Mr Hardy the pee cup.

  4. vexey says: Jun 12, 2013 7:02 AM

    Gotta love his enthusiasm!

  5. packfntk says: Jun 12, 2013 7:03 AM

    My sales manager advises me that it is essential to set goals that are attainable. That being said you can’t knock the guy for wanting to be better.

  6. mayo63 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:05 AM

    50 sacks? What a dummy.

  7. richkotitte says: Jun 12, 2013 7:09 AM

    Tiki Barber was flabbergasted when he heard about this unrealistic goal.

  8. enochmh2 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:10 AM

    No even on madden greg

  9. FinFan68 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:11 AM

    Do these guys realize how dumb they sound? Somehow, bragging, ridiculous arrogance and delusion have become acceptable if not revered. Goals are great but only if they are realistic or attainable.

  10. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:14 AM

    Pass the j this way

  11. pilot2011 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:16 AM

    You obviously don’t understand the Kraken then. This dude is genuinely insane. I would say a 0% chance, but because it was Hardy who happened to say this, I’ll give it a 2% chance.

    Plus, with Charles Johnson on the other side (12 sacks last year), Dwan Edwards (led all DT’s last year in sacks), and rookie Star Lotulelei inside… Hardy won’t be seeing double teams.

  12. em0909153 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:20 AM

    Well the Jets are on the schedule this year

  13. hamcamnewton says: Jun 12, 2013 7:22 AM

    Ha, this guy’s a lunatic.. That’s why we love him around here


  14. classactcalvin81 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:24 AM

    Is it just me or are the player predictions getting rediculous this year!!!

  15. thehuckster404 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:25 AM

    HGH is a helluva drug.

  16. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:28 AM

    ive never even heard of him and i consider myself a true fan of the sport

  17. EJ says: Jun 12, 2013 7:29 AM

    Actually, 50 sacks is totally plausible. That is only 3.125 sacks per game, which is a possibility if he can stay healthy. Strahan put up an average of 1.4. I believe its totally in the realm of reality.
    Get it done Hardy!

  18. paulitik74 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:36 AM

    The only way Greg Hardy gets 50 sacks is if the entire Panther roster teabag him. (Sorry Cam)

    Wait, I guess that’s not such an unrealistic goal after all.

  19. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jun 12, 2013 7:36 AM

    Who is this guy? I’ve heard of ed hardy but never a Greg hardy!!!

  20. steelerfan35jj says: Jun 12, 2013 7:45 AM

    In order for this to happen, Brett Favre would have to un-retire and flop in front of him an additional 40 times for this record to be achievable..

  21. classyjacklambert says: Jun 12, 2013 7:46 AM

    It might be unrealistic but if he even gets half of that it would still be a super sick season!

  22. suhisbetterthanu says: Jun 12, 2013 7:49 AM

    Who does he think he is, Bo Jackson?

  23. toybkshr says: Jun 12, 2013 7:57 AM

    Needs a drug test!

  24. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 12, 2013 7:58 AM

    He meant 50 sacks of groceries.

  25. ravenscallywag says: Jun 12, 2013 8:04 AM

    why stop at 50? My goal this year is to score a million touchdowns. Hey, if I’m going to aim, at least aim high, right?

  26. mustbechris says: Jun 12, 2013 8:05 AM

    I don’t know what a chortle is, but I’m still pretty sure I chortled while reading that headline.

  27. jagsfan1 says: Jun 12, 2013 8:27 AM

    I guess he is taking the baton for this season from the dummy lineman who guaranteed a Super Bowl for them last year?

  28. joshinmexico says: Jun 12, 2013 8:50 AM

    One Hundred Billion sacks.

    Dr. Evil

  29. japmen says: Jun 12, 2013 8:51 AM

    What an idiot.

  30. True Talker says: Jun 12, 2013 8:54 AM

    Greg Hardy is the next John Randle. All the way down to the eye black. They’re both bat sh^t crazy but The Kraken has quickly become one of my most favorite players.

  31. heyguru1969 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:04 AM

    “Let me count up the numbers I know: 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 23 (Michael Jordan’s number), 45 (Michael Jordan’s baseball number), 1492, 1812, and 50. Yeah, I’m getting 50 sacks.”

  32. jgedgar70 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:05 AM

    Here in Carolina, we know that Hardy is insane. This is the guy that wiped out on a motorcycle and took a cell phone pic of his speedometer while going 100 mph in his Bentley. He really belongs in one of those rooms with striped sunlight, soft walls and no corners, wearing one of those sweaters with no sleeves. And given how soft our defense has been in recent years, we’re happy to have him.

    That being said, there’s a difference between setting high goals and just being silly. Saying the goal is 50 sacks is the latter. But I think he probably said that just to get people talking about him. Looks like it worked.

    Now the starting D-line? Between Hardy, CJ, Star and Dwan, that foursome might roll up 50 sacks. And we’d finish a lot better than 7-9.

  33. catman72 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    He didn’t say he was going to get 50 sacks, he said that was his goal.

  34. tatatoothy says: Jun 12, 2013 9:21 AM

    at first glance i thought he looked a bit like Reggie White

  35. SAV says: Jun 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    Just like the 4minute mile…impossible!!!!! Now everyone does it.

    Simple humans smh

  36. nivekred says: Jun 12, 2013 9:51 AM

    Michael Strahan had 21.5 Sacks and one lay down but Bret Farve to give him the record. Complete BS Record

  37. jccarrollccrider says: Jun 12, 2013 9:58 AM

    I guess no one here has every exaggerated before… I wonder if Carson Palmer feels like it’s an unrealistic goal? You can google “Carson Palmer Greg Hardy” if you don’t know what I mean…

  38. meytonpanning says: Jun 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    He would literally need more than 3 sacks per game, assuming he plays all 16 games.

    And you might as well rule him out against the Bucs, because they have a stacked o-line/running game this year.

  39. petedutcherjr says: Jun 12, 2013 10:27 AM

    Apparently, sarcastic humor is lost on you people.

  40. richkotitte says: Jun 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    Maybe this Hardy fellow is ‘sacking’ Nancy Drew.

  41. justintuckrule says: Jun 12, 2013 10:58 AM

    The direction goodell has this league headed removing all contact from the sport, 150 tds wouldn’t surprise me

  42. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 12, 2013 11:34 AM

    I agree its good for a player to have a goal even if its unrealistic.

    That said, can you please refer me to your dealer Greg? Because that sounds like some real sticky-icky.

  43. flavordave says: Jun 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    My goal is to teach investing to Warren Buffet

  44. laurente1771 says: Jun 12, 2013 12:17 PM

    If Hardy gets 50 by game 15, I’d be nervous about his production in week 17 when the playoffs are on the line.

  45. rushmatic says: Jun 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    He must play DayZ

  46. cluelessdufus says: Jun 12, 2013 12:53 PM

    Pilot2o11 says.
    Dwan Edwards {led all DTs in sacks last year}
    Hmmm…. Geno Atkins got 12.5 your going to tell me that Dwan Edwards got more when he didn’t even get half [6.0] and he [Edwards] wasn’t even top 10.

  47. mikeanthonymirabella says: Jun 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    If he even said half of that, it would be a new sack record not counting the 56 sacks by Deacon Jones before they started counting sacks as a statistic.

  48. db105 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:37 PM

    Wiseman once said it is better to be quiet and be thought as dumb than to speak and remove all doubt.

  49. bossbertozzi says: Jun 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    Maybe he just doesn’t know what a sack is

  50. wisewoo says: Jun 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    I don’t care if its realistic or not.

    I love a player who wants it – so many don’t want it enough and that is not something that can be said of Hardy.

    Also Kraken is a baller nickname.

  51. boyshole25 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    Ask stupid questions And get stupid answers media

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