Tom Brady surpasses Brett Favre as most-sacked quarterback in NFL history

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is set to break the NFL’s all-time record for passing yards on Sunday Night Football, but last week he broke a record he’d prefer not to have.

Brady was sacked three times on Sunday against the Rams, meaning he has now been sacked an NFL-record 527 times in his career. The previous record of 525 times sacked was owned by Brett Favre.

As PFT noted before the season, Brady and Ben Roethlisberger were both sure to break Favre’s record for times sacked this season. Roethlisberger is currently at 524 times sacked in his career, so if he takes four sacks on Sunday afternoon against the Packers he would break Brady’s record. Brady could then take the record back on Sunday night against the Patriots.

Unlike sacks for defensive players, which the NFL only began officially recognizing in 1982, times sacked for quarterbacks has been an official NFL statistic since 1963. And before then, quarterbacks just didn’t pass enough to rack up the kinds of sack numbers of quarterbacks today. So it’s fair to say Brady has been sacked more times than anyone else in NFL history.

39 responses to “Tom Brady surpasses Brett Favre as most-sacked quarterback in NFL history

  1. Worth noting: Brett Favre played 302 games, and to date, Brady’s played 301.

    What is noteworthy about it. Seems to me that they got sacked at almost exactly the same rate.

    I’m more impressed with the idea that he was sacked that much at all.

  2. Big Ben is going to get sacked a lot this year. He is immobile and has one of the worst OL’s in the NFL.

  3. YouEnjoyMyself says: At least Favre could move.

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    I think Brian Urlacher would agree that Brady can move, especially in the open field.

  4. Aaron Donald had his strip just before halftime, wondering if that was the record breaking one.

  5. It’s not a record any QB wants to have. It’s about longevity, toughness, endurance, desire and a bit of luck.

    Brett will hold the interception record as Brady 143 less (1/3 of Favre’s total).

  6. By the same rationalization of longevity being a primary factor, Brady is also the luckiest quarterback to ever play.

    Change my mind.

  7. how many of those sacks did Brady just lay down for to avoid getting hit? at least 10 x per year.
    In my memory, Favre only did that once (strahan)

  8. In addition to the 527 times Brady has been sacked in 304 regular season games, he has been sacked 72 times in 45 playoff games. So, in total, the man whose pocket movement is unsurpassed has been sacked 599 times in 349 games, or 1.43 sacks per game. Call it one and a half per. Meanwhile, the shifty Justin Fields is averaging nine sacks per game. Numbers don’t lie folks. They just don’t. :-))

  9. Would have liked to see Brady take the hits like favre did in the championship game between Minn. and New Orleans. And no flags.

  10. Would have liked to see Brady take the hits like favre did in the championship game between Minn. and New Orleans. And no flags.
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    When did Brady receive flags in the AFCCG against Denver? How about the SB vs the Giants? He took shots.

  11. MNGoon says:
    October 1, 2021 at 11:22 am
    Worth noting: Brett Favre won a single Super Bowl, and to date, Brady’s won 7.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s why he’s affectionately known as the LOAT.

  12. Oh c’mon… I remember David Carr getting sacked 525 times in one game… No way is this a true record.

  13. Interesting but really sort of useless statistic. Too many factors go into it, most notably longevity. Maybe average of sacks per game?

  14. He would’ve gotten there a lot quicker if they didn’t call all those personal fouls against would-be sackers for sneezing on him. Although I guess sneezing on a player is an ejectable offense now.

  15. Brady’s sacks-per-games-played average is 1.74, better than all but five HOFers or gonnabe HOFers. Only P. Manning, Aikman, Montana and Brees had lower averages.

    Id love to work up a sacks-per-snap-count average, but I have not yet found good information on that statistic, and I don’t know whether it exists nor, if it does, how far back reliable data goes.

  16. Worth noting: Brett Favre won a single Super Bowl, and to date, Brady’s won 7
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    Congrats to Brady for playing with better teams.

  17. Imagine what the sack totals would be if the league wouldn’t have allowed his OL to hold for the last ten years.

  18. harianus1985 says:
    October 1, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    Notice that Brady wins and Rogers doesn’t come playoff time? Notice? Notice?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No, didn’t notice. I Googled it. I couldn’t find any NFL quarterback named Rogers that lost in the postseason regularly. I found an Eli. I found a Chester, but they’re both wide receivers.

    Who did you mean?

  19. Truth be told, those sacks are probably one reason he doesn’t have as many interceptions. Sometimes taking the sack is better. As for Brett? He just threw it wherever he wanted to lol

  20. stellarperformance says:
    October 1, 2021 at 10:46 am
    By the same rationalization of longevity being a primary factor, Brady is also the luckiest quarterback to ever play.

    Change my mind.

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    After sitting for 3 years and then making 7 career starts…
    On February 8, 2018, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to terms on a 5-year contract worth a maximum of $137.5 million. At the time of its signing, it was the largest contract in NFL history on an annual basis.

  21. m4hogie says:
    October 1, 2021 at 11:29 am
    Would have liked to see Brady take the hits like favre did in the championship game between Minn. and New Orleans. And no flags.
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    Seriously? Most of the years with the Patriots when they didn’t win in the postseason was when he was being hit. Hard. Against the Giants twice. Against the Broncos.

  22. m4hogie says:
    October 1, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Would have liked to see Brady take the hits like favre did in the championship game between Minn. and New Orleans. And no flags.

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    Brady took plenty of hits in the early days before they changed the rules to protect Peyton Manning

  23. The number will get worse after Sunday night. The Patriots defense is coming for Brady.

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