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John Abraham moves into ninth place on all-time sack list

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With three sacks in Sunday’s win against the Rams, Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham has passed Hall of Fame outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor and long-time star defensive end Leslie O’Neal for ninth place on the NFL’s all-time sack list, according to data from the Cardinals.

Abraham now has 133 career NFL sacks, a half-sack more than Taylor and O’Neal (132.5). Abraham now needs five sacks to move past John Randle and Richard Dent (137.5 career sacks apiece) to take over seventh place on the all-time list.

The 35-year-old Abraham has 11 sacks on the season for the Cardinals, with whom he signed in the offseason. He has recorded 10 sacks or more in eight different seasons (2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013) for three different teams (Jets, Falcons, Cards).

“We’re watching history,” Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald said of Abraham passing Taylor, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.

According to the 2013 NFL Record and Fact Book, sacks “have been compiled” as a statistic since 1982.

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8 Responses to “John Abraham moves into ninth place on all-time sack list”
  1. elliottcovert says: Dec 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Abraham has quietly been a great player for a long time. Kudos!

  2. kd75 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:23 PM

    Shows how little value statistics have in today’s NFL.

    Easy to rack up the sacks when teams drop back 40 times a game. 25 years ago, if a QB had 20 pass attempts, it was a lot.

  3. cardsfann1 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:23 PM

    He has come on strong since after the Saints game… Cards defense is tough and he is making qbs get happy feet!

  4. mianfr says: Dec 8, 2013 9:29 PM

    Now that he’s passed him, it’s easy to see why career statistics are a bit misleading in football since careers can really vary in length. Ignoring LT’s first season, John Abraham has now passed him, but yet with remotely the same impact. LT dominated the league and was a true difference maker, whereas Abraham has just been pretty good for a long time.

    You’d certainly be extremely happy with either guy on your team, but this list hides a player’s true impact.

  5. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 8, 2013 9:35 PM

    Impressive. Too bad the sack stat is only 31 years old. It would be interesting to see the number of sacks for players pre-1982.

  6. suhmonster90 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:42 PM

    It was clear by his play last season with Atlanta he still had some in the tank. Every team that passed on him in free agency is looking foolish and the Cardinals are reaping the benefits.

  7. beardinals says: Dec 8, 2013 9:54 PM

    Dude was slated to only work part time. Injuries gave him the opportunity to get in as a starter and he has showed he deserves it.

  8. toonloonboon says: Dec 8, 2013 10:42 PM

    kd75 says:
    Dec 8, 2013 9:23 PM
    Shows how little value statistics have in today’s NFL.

    Easy to rack up the sacks when teams drop back 40 times a game. 25 years ago, if a QB had 20 pass attempts, it was a lot.

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    yeah but on the flip side, of the 40 pass attemps today, a guaranteed 10 of them are sideline bubble screens or other non pass rushable pass plays and no youre wrong… only “20 pass attempts” was not considered a lot back in the 80s.

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