Von Miller hits 50 sacks in 58th game, third-fastest ever

AP

Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller notched the 50th sack of his NFL career on Thursday night, making him the third-fastest to 50 sacks in NFL history.

The only players who have reached 50 sacks faster than Miller were Reggie White (who incredibly notched his 50th sack in his 40th game) and Derrick Thomas (whose 50th sack came in his 54th game).

Although Miller is the third-fastest to 50 sacks in terms of games played to get there, he’s actually not the first member of the 2011 NFL draft class to reach 50 sacks. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who was chosen nine spots after Miller in the 2011 first round, already has 59 career sacks. The difference is that Watt is at 65 career games because he has never missed a game in his NFL career, while Miller has missed eight games.

Another member of the 2011 draft class, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, is closing in on 50 sacks: Quinn has 47 sacks in 64 career games. The 2011 first round was a good time to find a good pass rusher.

35 responses to “Von Miller hits 50 sacks in 58th game, third-fastest ever

  1. The idiocy in these comments is astounding. Von Miller never tested positive, nor was he ever suspended, for taking PEDs. Every positive test came from recreational substances.

  2. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:36 PM
    Imagine what he could do if he was off peds….
    ———–
    Like back surgery knee surgery recovery superman Gronk you mean?
    I know

  3. Thank you MDS for reminding us of Reggie and Derrick. 2 incredible football players who exemplified professionalism yet maintained their role in life as outstanding individuals off the field. I personally loved watching both of them play the game. Congrats to VM for joining an elite group.

  4. Man my bucs could sure use one of those guys. Another horrible draft for us that year. All the good guys were gone so we reached for Adrian “chicken wing” Clayborn.

  5. skawh says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:43 PM
    PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:36 PM
    Imagine what he could do if he was off peds….
    ———–
    Like back surgery knee surgery recovery superman Gronk you mean?
    I know
    =============================
    Imagine if that team from the Northwest………

    ya know?

  6. Von was caught for smoking weed, never PEDs. Not sure if that helped him rack up sacks or not there, smart guys.

    If it was for weed then he was definitely racking up the sacks…of the 1/2 oz variety

  7. As quite a few people already pointed out, his issue wasn’t PED’s- it was recreational drugs (namely, weed). But even if you wanted to continue to play dumb and act like it was PEDs, how would you explain last year (AFTER the suspension), when he finished 6th in the NFL with 14 sacks?

    If you’re going to troll, at least make an effort to make some sense…

  8. araidersfan says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:38 PM

    A good stat although it should be pointed out that most of those sacks came before he was caught/suspended for PEDs. Similar story to Shawne Merriman.
    20 or 21 of his sacks came after the suspension ended.

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver says:
    Sep 18, 2015 3:44 PM

    Thank you MDS for reminding us of Reggie and Derrick. 2 incredible football players who exemplified professionalism yet maintained their role in life as outstanding individuals off the field. I personally loved watching both of them play the game. Congrats to VM for joining an elite group.
    I think when Derrick Thomas died, he had 7 children via 5 women. Great player but an outstanding individual off the field ? I am not so sure about that.

  10. The hit last night wasn’t cheap.. Did you see how freakin fast he got back there?? He pulled up.. Could have decked Smith but didn’t.. Don’t hate.. I can think of 31 other teams that would love to have him..

  11. Lol to those saying he late hit Smith. He got in there faster than anyone this season.

    As others have said, he could have slammed him, but watch the replay. con basically hugs him to slow Smiths travel to the ground and lets go so Von doesn’t go with him.

    Unfortunate, yes.

    Dirty? Only if you’re a hater.

  12. People posting that Von Miller was suspended for PED use need to check the facts before posting. Miller was suspended for marijuana use not PEDs. He’s also now out of the leagues substance abuse program after passing every drug test as well as meeting all other requirements for the last 2 years. Simply put, he’s just a great player. Hate on him if you want but get your facts straight before spouting off.

  13. not impressed with passing, receiving or sack records….all are the result of the rule changes to grossly tip the balance toward the offense, thus making stars out of what would have been average players like brady, rogers, et al….

    all these guys racking up sacks, well duh, more pass attempts equal more sack chances……

    when the game was more balanced, i.e. when running and passing were complimentary….the sack records were not like they are today…..itza shame…

  14. Many misinformed posters on this site; In 2011 Miller failed a drug test for marijuana and an undisclosed amphetimine based on the records these were listed as recreational and not performance enhancing. He was placed in the Stage 1 drug program after he failed another test for marijuana in 2013 he was placed in the Stage 2 program and suspended 4 games. He was young and perhaps caught up with the allure of big money. His parents moved in with him for a time and it appears he has learned his lesson and is moving on from his past mistakes.

    Congrats Von Miller on your 50 sacks and your continued drug free status!

  15. Sorry to correct you spvanderwahl but he didn’t actually test positive in 2013.. he had a nfl or contract nfl drug tester that was signing off that he had came to LA (at least once) to take his test and evidently submitting his own test, but never left Denver or Texas. They were so pissed that they wanted to suspend him for the year. He was fortunate to only get four games but he never actually tested positive.

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