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John Abraham thinks he can get 20 or more sacks

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Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham thinks he can do something this year, at age 36, that he’s never done before: Get 20 sacks in a season.

“I’m shooting for at least 20 [sacks]. I always shoot high,” Abraham told “Shoot high, you might hit low, but at least you shoot high. Don’t bowl, you’ve got to shoot a basket. Shoot high, don’t bowl.”

Abraham’s career high is 16.5 sacks in a season, a total he reached in 2008 with the Falcons. It seems awfully unlikely that he’d be able to top that at age 36. Sacking the quarterback is a young man’s game, and the oldest player ever to record 20 sacks in a season was Michael Strahan, who did it at age 30.

On the other hand, all 11.5 of Abraham’s sacks last season came during an eight-game stretch in the middle of the season. If he could play like that for a full season instead of just half a season, he’d have 23 sacks, which would break Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5. Twenty sacks is a long shot, but Abraham still has a lot left.

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47 Responses to “John Abraham thinks he can get 20 or more sacks”
  1. icanhazblogs says: May 21, 2014 12:22 PM

    Well he’s either high or on PEDs, I smell a “random” drug test in his future….

  2. camdenyard says: May 21, 2014 12:24 PM

    I think my 51 year old legs can run a 4.6 40 too. Really, I do.

  3. mathomp3 says: May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    Maybe, but he will need to start taking Robert Mathis’ fertility drugs…

  4. theclink12 says: May 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    Have fun trying to get anywhere close to that number…one quarter of your games are against two of the most elusive quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

  5. clintblairjr says: May 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    Is it the juice talking?

  6. eljefe322 says: May 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    This silly statement assures that he will not get 20 sacks.

  7. dickshotdogs says: May 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    John, are you on the Robert Mathis supplement program?

  8. Sir Bupkis says: May 21, 2014 12:27 PM


  9. joeflaccoallday says: May 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    Who’s that? Exactly. #Bum

  10. doe22us says: May 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    Of course he can, he just has to have what Robert Mathis is having.

  11. ahsinnyc says: May 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    Sure, in his dreams

  12. agcooney108 says: May 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    i hope he still kills it. i loved him as a jet

  13. corvinodere says: May 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    Are we talking about this season or for the rest of his career?

  14. luz56 says: May 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    As athletes we set the bar high…. But John come on you never hit past 16.5 sacks in your career as a season-high….. I 36-year-old situational player I will take the under in Vegas

  15. chalkruz1989 says: May 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    Confidence is always good, would have been nicer to hear him say, “I can definitely get 20 sacks, this defense will allow me one-on-ones because we have talent across the board.”

  16. beardinals says: May 21, 2014 12:40 PM

    Aim high. It’s not out of the realm of reason, considering what he did in 2013 in less than a full time roll. All you need to do is actually read the article to know that.

    He should be a full-time starter this year instead of coming in after injuries.

  17. reesesteel23 says: May 21, 2014 12:40 PM

    Everson Griffen will have 20. Not sure about this guy….

  18. micknangold says: May 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    I think what he really means is he’s confident his PEDs will get past the screening process.

  19. MostlyRight says: May 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    Nearly everyone who commented above me is stupid. The guy clearly acknowledged he’s setting high goals for himself and believes that to be a better alternative then setting the bar low.

  20. donnymacjack says: May 21, 2014 12:49 PM

    Even at 36 he is probably the best defender on the Cardinals team. If not best then a close second to Pederson.

  21. elliottcovert says: May 21, 2014 12:53 PM

    He has every reason to aim high and no reason to be realistic.

  22. campcouch says: May 21, 2014 12:56 PM

    I’d honestly like to see that.

  23. jetsarestacked says: May 21, 2014 12:56 PM

    i loved him as a jet too even though he punked out of the playoffs his last year with the team.

  24. ghjjf says: May 21, 2014 12:57 PM

    Sounds like he’s taking the same “fertility” medication that Mathis took.

  25. shadylamp says: May 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    This guy is a beast. He burnt Joe Thomas to sack and knock out both Brandon Weeden and Seneca Wallace in the same game both with sprained ankles. Not sure why is isn’t considered the most elite sack artist in the game today.

  26. adoombray says: May 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    relax dudes, he’s just saying that he sets high goals. Study after Study has shown that aiming high and coming up short is better than setting the bar really low and being okay with mediocrity. You only get to the NFL by pushing yourself hard like Abraham is doing here

  27. arzcardinals says: May 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    As a Cards fan, he’s the best pass rusher we’ve had since B-Train Berry. I love John A as a player. He’s all out every play. Finding guys like him are rare. I’ll be happy with 10 sacks, but you want 20….go for it bud…I hope you hit it. 11.5 sacks last year was the best the Cards have had in years. Glad you are on our team. Go Cardinals! #Birdgang

  28. johnodocks says: May 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    He just happens to want a bunch of children now too… badly!

  29. theauger says: May 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    Considering that he only played a part time role till after the NO(3rd game) game & he was banged up for the last 2 games, I think 15 sacks is a possibility. Aiming high is always better than setting your goals too low.

    BTW, Abraham had 2 sacks on Wilson last season.

  30. kingokra says: May 21, 2014 1:22 PM

    I hope he gets his twenty sacks. There’s no way he will, but let the man dream, you dream crushers!

  31. touchdownroddywhite says: May 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    And the Falcons let him go to sign Osi… I’m still pissed, flabbergasted, and demanding an explanation…

  32. raidersownyou says: May 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    I admire your confidence.

  33. hrmlss says: May 21, 2014 1:35 PM

    Him and his wife are trying to get pregnant. That Always improves sack totals in old guys……

  34. doncherry81 says: May 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    “Don’t make me assume my ultimate form!”

  35. walkinginthewasteland says: May 21, 2014 2:03 PM

    Not achievable without at least one game against Brett Favre.

  36. proudblack says: May 21, 2014 2:07 PM

    is this his way of alerting the league that he’s on the juice? 20 sacks at age 36?? “we don’t believe you, you need more people”

  37. hillbillyjim says: May 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    Right… And the Vikings will win 6 games.

  38. twilson962 says: May 21, 2014 2:36 PM

    Sure. Of course he can…if he plays 4-5 more years.

  39. jayman35 says: May 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    Maybe what he meant to say was that he knew where to get a 20 sack. Otherwise he clearly smoked it all already.

  40. footballhistorian says: May 21, 2014 3:36 PM

    He can get more even sacks if he travels over to Hapeville or East Point while in the 404…

  41. 8to80texansblog says: May 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    A little Clomid should get him right there…

  42. dvdman123 says: May 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    And I’ve dated 10 Victoria Secret models in just the last month.

  43. harrycanyon says: May 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    He should set goals like playing in 50% of the games a year.

  44. kosarsmyidol says: May 21, 2014 4:01 PM

    Here’s something crazy: If Abraham matches last year’s production, he’ll be 4th all-time for sacks. At this point, he already has 7 more than the late, great Derrick Thomas.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    laugh if you choose but I believe him.

  46. thepoofighters says: May 21, 2014 5:25 PM

    He’s gonna eat Russell Wilson’s lunch again.
    Give us one more awesome year baby.
    Home field advantage for the Superbowl would be sweet.

  47. krisneel says: May 21, 2014 10:02 PM

    Instead of saying it out loud, just do it.

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