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Buffalo Bills’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Buffalo Bills have been a pro football franchise since 1960, when they entered the AFL, and they merged into the NFL in 1970 with the other AFL teams. The Bills have made it to the Super Bowl four times, all in a row in the early ‘90’s, but lost all four times. They share that fate with the Minnesota Vikings. Regardless, this franchise was so dominant those few years, but has been mostly sub par or mediocre otherwise. And like most cold-weather teams, the Bills generally try to build around a solid defense. Here is a short list of the Bills’ all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that the sack did not become an official statistic until 1982:
Bruce Smith (171)—Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith played for Buffalo most of his career, from 1985 to 1999, and he ranks first in Bills’ history with 171 sacks. Smith also leads the NFL all-time with a total of 200 sacks during his career with both Buffalo and Washington. Smith’s best season was arguably 1990, when he helped the Bills reach the Super Bowl, and also was a first team All Pro for one of eight seasons that he made the honor. That year, Smith had a career high 19 sacks, and added 4 forced fumbles and 101 tackles.
Aaron Schobel (78)—Defensive end Aaron Schobel has played his entire career so far with Buffalo, from 2001 until now as I write this in 2010. Scobel ranks second in franchise history with 78 sacks, and he had a career high 14 sacks in 2006, one of two seasons Schobel made the Pro Bowl. But his best season overall was arguably 2005, when he had 12 sacks, and added 5 passes deflected, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 54 tackles (career best) and 17 assists.
Phil Hansen (61.5)—Defensive end Phil Hansen played in Buffalo his entire career, from 1991 to 2001, and he ranks third in team history with 61.5 sacks. Hansen had his best season in 1995, with a career high 10 sacks, and he added a fumble recovery, 53 tackles and 23 assists.
Cornelius Bennett (52.5)—Linebacker Cornelius Bennett played for the Bills most of his career, from 1987 to 1995, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 52.5 sacks. Bennett had arguably his best season in 1988, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Bennett had a career high 9.5 sacks, and added 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 103 tackles.
Darryl Talley (38.5)—Linebacker Darryl Talley played most of his career for Buffalo, from 1983 to 1994, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 38.5 sacks. Talley had a career high 6 sacks in 1989, but his best overall season was probably 1990, when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Talley had 4 sacks, and added 2 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), a fumble recovery, and 123 tackles.