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Dallas Cowboys’ All-Time Sack Leaders

Updated on June 14, 2010

Jim Jeffcoat

DeMarcus Ware

The Dallas Cowboys are a storied franchise, still recognized as “America’s Team.”  They have also been to the Super Bowl eight times, winning five of those.  The team has also just about always boasted a proud and stout defense, one that attacks the quarterback first and foremost.  So here is a short list of the Cowboys’ all-time leaders in sacks to date, keeping in mind the sack did not become an official NFL statistic until 1982. 

Jim Jeffcoat (94.5)—Defensive end Jim Jeffcoat played for the Cowboys most of his career, from 1983 to 1994, and helped them win a few championships at the end of his tenure in Dallas.  Jeffcoat ranks first in Cowboys’ history with 94.5 sacks, and he had a career high 14 of them in 1986.  But Jeffcoat’s best season was arguably 1989.  That year, he had 11.5 sacks, but a career high 100 tackles; and 3 fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown. 

Greg Ellis (77)—Defensive end Greg Ellis has played just about his entire career in Dallas, from 1998 to 2008, and he ranks second in franchise history with 77 sacks.  Ellis had what was probably his best season in 2007, when he notched a career high 12.5 sacks, to go along with 1 pass deflected, 3 forced fumbles and 24 tackles on his way to reaching the Pro Bowl.

DeMarcus Ware (64.5)—Linebacker DeMarcus Ware has played in Big D since 2005, and as I write this in 2010 is one of the NFL’s most explosive and talented defensive players.  He’s the kind of player opposing coordinators have to game-plan around.  Ware already ranks third in team history with 64.5 sacks, and he’ll likely top this list so long as he stays in Dallas.  Ware’s best season so far was 2008, when he led the NFL and had a career high 20 sacks, to go along with 2 passes deflected, 6 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 69 tackles.  Not surprisingly, Ware was a first team All Pro that year and two other times as well. 

Tony Tolbert (59)—Defensive end Tony Tolbert played his entire career for the Cowboys, from 1989 to 1997, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 59 sacks.  Tolbert had arguably his best season in 1996, when he went to the Pro Bowl with a career high 12 sacks.  He also had 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 45 tackles that season. 

Ed “Too Tall” Jones (57.5)—Defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones played for Dallas his entire career, from 1974 to 1989, minus the 1979 season when he tried his hand as a professional boxer.  Jones ranks fifth in franchise history with 57.5 sacks, and while he may have had more in the ‘70’s before sacks were an official stat, his best season counting sacks was 1985 -- that year, Jones registered 13 of them. 


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this interesting hub. As always I learned a lot from it.