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Cleveland Browns’ All-Time Sack Leaders
Michael Dean Perry
The Cleveland Browns are somewhat of a hard-luck franchise, just like many Cleveland sports teams are. The Browns won their last title in 1964, which was their eighth. They have not won one since, which means zero titles and for that matter, zero appearances, in the Super Bowl during the Super Bowl era. What’s more, Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore after the 1995 season, and the Ravens won a Super Bowl just a few years later. Meanwhile, the city of Cleveland fought for an expansion franchise, and were awarded one, which became the “new” Browns in 1999, and that team also used the brown, orange and white colors of the former Browns’ franchise. What’s more, Cleveland Browns’ history statistics-wise counts the Browns as one franchise that did not play for a three-year period in the ‘90’s, and the Ravens as basically an expansion team. Anyway, here is a short list of the Browns’ all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Clay Matthews (62)—Linebacker Clay Matthews played most of his career in Cleveland, from 1978 to 1993, and he ranks first in Browns’ history with 62 sacks. Matthews had easily his best season in 1984, when he registered a career high 12 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 126 tackles.
Michael Dean Perry (51.5)—Defensive lineman Michael Dean Perry was, of course, the Fridge’s little brother. Perry played for the Browns from 1988 to 1994, and he ranks second in franchise history with 51.5 sacks. Perry had his best season in 1990, one of two years in which he was a first team All Pro. That season, Perry had career highs in sacks (11.5) and tackles (107), and added 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Rob Burnett (40.5)—Defensive end Rob Burnett played for the Browns from 1990 to 1995, and he ranks third in team history with 40.5 sacks. Burnett had a career high 10.5 sacks for Baltimore in 2000, but his best season for the Browns was arguably 1994, his lone Pro Bowl selection. That year, Burnett had 10 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 41 tackles and 13 assists.
Carl Hairston (37.5)—Linebacker/defensive lineman Carl Hairston played for Cleveland from 1984 to 1989, and he ranks fourth in Browns’ history with 37.5 sacks. Hairston had probably his best overall season in 1986, with a career best 9 sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Reggie Camp (35)—Defensive end Reggie Camp played for the Browns most of his career, from 1983 to 1987, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 35 sacks. Camp had his best season in 1984, when he registered a career high 14 sacks, and added 1 fumble recovery.