Danielle Hunter sets NFL record for most sacks before 25th birthday

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Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter quietly has become one of the best pass rushers in football. He also has quietly set an all-time record.

With a sack of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday, Hunter has 46.0 for his career. That’s more than any player ever has generated before turning 25.

“Somebody told me that the day before the game, that if he got a sack that he would do that,” coach Mike Zimmer told reporters regarding the mark.

Is Hunter the best pass rusher Zimmer has coached?

“I don’t know, DeMarcus Ware was pretty good, too,” Zimmer said. “But Danielle is talented, and he’s still got a lot of room to grow. I think he can continue to get better and better and better, but he’s pretty darn good.”

Hunter turns 25 on October 29. Drafted as a 20-year-old in 2015, Hunter became a full-time starter in 2017, after generating 12.5 sacks in 2016 as a backup. Last year, he had a career-high 14.5 sacks. This year, he has 6.0 sacks in six games.

43 responses to “Danielle Hunter sets NFL record for most sacks before 25th birthday

  1. He’s a premier pass rusher. He destroys tackles and will continue to do so. I remember when the Vikings drafted him people were like that’s a reach. Zimmer is a damn good coach!!!

  2. World Class quietly goes about it’s business and does what’s best for the team…the flashy stats just come naturally.

  3. Hunter is such a good player, I am glad the Vikings drafted him and I get to watch him on Sundays. He passed up some talented players on that list.

  4. He is a very good pass rusher. But, like any good pass rusher, he needs other good pass rushers to be able to actually get good sack totals. If any team has only one good one, they can roll their protections to double and triple team that one guy. I say that not as any knock on Danielle, but to point out that Everson Griffin, the rest of the line, and any blitzers will all help each other a lot to roll up sacks and QB pressures.

  5. I’m not sure how impressed I should be by this “record” because Hunter came into the league as a very young guy so he’s played a lot of games before he turned 25. What impresses me is how he made an immediate impact as a rookie and has been really good ever since. The nice thing about his youth is he hasn’t yet reached his prime and he should be a dominant player for quite a few more years.

  6. tinye67 says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    About time he got some recognition.
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    He was second team All-Pro last year, so there’s that.

  7. Completely overlooked with just 4.5 sacks in college. Drafted at 20 years old, becoming the youngest player in the league. Now in his 5th season and still just 24 years old and already one of the league’s best pass rushers.7

  8. Zimmer’s a damn good coach is right! What other coach could take all of that talent and get two playoff appearances and one win (remember the coaching genius of the Meaningless Miracle?), and take a 13-3 team with a new free agent QB and turn it into an 8-7-1 team and miss the playoffs the following year? 0-2 in the division this year, but his bumslaying QB just torched two of the lesser pass defenses in the league, so the Vikings’ fans are thrilled again, until they actually have to play a good team.

  9. Aided by the fact that Reggie White started in the USFL and that sacks weren’t an official stat when Bubba Baker came in to the league.

  10. He is one the most underrated players in the nfl! If he played in a bigger market, he be noticed!!

  11. I love when someone says is he the greatest… please the guy is great but let’s not get carried away here

  12. That’s great! Too bad his team is stuck with a mediocre QB on offense! Maybe when that ridiculous contract expires!

  13. frank booth says:
    October 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    Zimmer’s a damn good coach is right! What other coach could take all of that talent and get two playoff appearances and one win (remember the coaching genius of the Meaningless Miracle?), and take a 13-3 team with a new free agent QB and turn it into an 8-7-1 team and miss the playoffs the following year? 0-2 in the division this year, but his bumslaying QB just torched two of the lesser pass defenses in the league, so the Vikings’ fans are thrilled again, until they actually have to play a good team.

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    He actually is a really good coach…the defense was dead last in the league when he was hired and he turned them into the top defense in the league, and has routinely had his defense in the top 5…he did a good enough job coaching to win the division more than once and should have at least one more playoff victory, not his fault Blair Walsh missed a chip shot FG…and you act like a bad coach even gets a team to 13-3…with a journeyman backup QB…I don’t think he’s a perfect coach, but there are far worse options out there…0-2 in the division this year but still have games against both those teams…and it says something about him that he is the longest tenured coach in the NFC North…so that means every other team has been garbage enough to get their coach fired…meanwhile Zimmer has a winning record despite inheriting a team with very little talent beyond Adrian Peterson…and even then, he managed to get his team to 7-9…

  14. They got him on a bargain deal because of his low-profile and him not being an immediate starter. Great, great player. He’s eclipsed Everson Griffen over the past few years. And I think a lot of us, me included, thought Anthony Barr would have more of a role and impact as a pass rusher but Hunter has simply outplayed everyone on that Minnesota line.

  15. This guy had project label but he has proven to be more than expected. A symbiotic relationship with Griffen on the other end has helped I’m sure. Griffen has been playing well this year, making up for his missing season last year.

  16. Hes quietly put together a great career. I knew he was a playmaker and he always seems to be around the ball. I honestly didnt realize he was so young. It seems like hes been playing forever. Needless to say he showed out against philly so aside from that i like his quiet dominance

  17. Starting it all at 20 years old gives him 5 years to get that done when most players only have three so I’m not surprised about the record.

    I would be interested to know how many of the top 10 in that list started that young? How many years did they have in the league before they were 25…

  18. That’s what happens when you are a highly tuned athlete. Reminds me a lot for Kearse with the Titans.

  19. He has not situational awareness. Gets out-coached & his team outplayed in big games. He is too negative the whole week leading up to the game. That is a pattern and approach he needs to avoid because it doesn’t work yet he does it over & over & over. Doesn’t learn from his mistakes. He’s not that great.

    absodefinitely says:
    October 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    frank booth says:
    October 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    Zimmer’s a damn good coach is right! What other coach could take all of that talent and get two playoff appearances and one win (remember the coaching genius of the Meaningless Miracle?), and take a 13-3 team with a new free agent QB and turn it into an 8-7-1 team and miss the playoffs the following year? 0-2 in the division this year, but his bumslaying QB just torched two of the lesser pass defenses in the league, so the Vikings’ fans are thrilled again, until they actually have to play a good team.

    ———————
    He actually is a really good coach…the defense was dead last in the league when he was hired and he turned them into the top defense in the league, and has routinely had his defense in the top 5…he did a good enough job coaching to win the division more than once and should have at least one more playoff victory, not his fault Blair Walsh missed a chip shot FG…and you act like a bad coach even gets a team to 13-3…with a journeyman backup QB…I don’t think he’s a perfect coach, but there are far worse options out there…0-2 in the division this year but still have games against both those teams…and it says something about him that he is the longest tenured coach in the NFC North…so that means every other team has been garbage enough to get their coach fired…meanwhile Zimmer has a winning record despite inheriting a team with very little talent beyond Adrian Peterson…and even then, he managed to get his team to 7-9…

  20. This proves sack collection is overrated. Yep.I mean, who would think this guy who is solid, but nothing more, would have that many sacks? That’s how meaningless his sacks have been.

  21. vikings28 says:
    October 14, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    He’s a premier pass rusher. He destroys tackles and will continue to do so. I remember when the Vikings drafted him people were like that’s a reach. Zimmer is a damn good coach!!!

    204 20 Rate This

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    INteresting, because he did jack squat vs the Pats last year.

  22. whatjusthapped says:
    October 15, 2019 at 7:50 am

    What an obscure stat, kinda like who has the most Superbowl losses combined with conference championship losses? The Vikings with 9
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    Shows what you know. They actually have 10.

  23. jmethane says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I would be interested to know how many of the top 10 in that list started that young////
    He was drafted at 20, he wasn’t a starter at 20. He turned 21 early in his first season (October) and was a back up.So there are probably been a few 21 year old rookies in the NFL.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 10:19 am

    INteresting, because he did jack squat vs the Pats last year.////
    Not his best game ever but he made 6 tackles at end.

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