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Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL team since 1966, and have mostly not been competitive. But the team did manage to reach the Super Bowl once, after the 1998 season, but lost to Denver. And they have been pretty solid during the past decade as I write this in 2010. The Falcons’ have also boasted some great defensive players, including the likes of Patrick Kerney and John Abraham, who are on this list of the Falcons’ all-time sacks leaders to date. Keep in mind that sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982:
Chuck Smith (58.5)—Defensive end/linebacker Chuck Smith played for the Falcons from 1992 to 1999, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 58.5 sacks. Smith had his best season in 1997, when he had career highs in sacks (12) and tackles (42), adding an interception, 4 forced fumbles and 12 assists.
Patrick Kerney (58)—Defensive end Patrick Kerney began his career in Atlanta and played there from 1999 to 2006, and he ranks second in franchise history with 58 sacks. Kerney may have had his best season with Seattle in 2007 when he was a first team All Pro with a career best 14.5 sacks, but his best season in Atlanta wasn’t too shabby, either. That would be 2004, when he also made the Pro Bowl with these numbers—13 sacks, 1 interception, 9 passes deflected, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 54 tackles (career high) and 11 assists.
Travis Hall (41.5)—Defensive lineman Travis Hall played for the Falcons most of his career, from 1995 to 2004. He ranks third in team history with 41.5 sacks, and his best season was 1997. That year, Hall had career highs in sacks (10.5) and tackles (61), with one fumble recovery and 17 assists.
John Abraham (36)—Defensive end John Abraham began his career with the Jets but has played for the Falcons since 2006. Abraham ranks fourth in Falcons’ history with 36 sacks and counting, and he had arguably his best season with the team in 2008. That year, Abraham had a career high 16.5 sacks, and added 1 pass deflected, 4 forced fumbles, 37 tackles and 1 assist.
Brady Smith (32)—Defensive end Brady Smith played in Atlanta from 2000 to 2005, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 32 sacks. Smith had what was probably his best season in 2001, when he had a career best 8 sacks, and added 1 pass deflected, 26 tackles and 6 assists.