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.