Denver Broncos’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Denver Broncos have been a pro football franchise since 1960 when they began play as an AFL team. They merged with the rest of the AFL into the NFL in 1970, and have made it to the Super Bowl six times, winning two of those. The Broncos have almost always boasted a solid defense as well, going back to the Orange Crush teams of the ‘70’s. Here is a short list of the Broncos’ all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982:
Simon Fletcher (97.5)—Linebacker/defensive lineman Simon Fletcher played his entire career in Denver, from 1985 to 1995, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 97.5 sacks. Fletcher never made the Pro Bowl, but maybe should have in his best season, 1992. That year, Fletcher had a career high 16 sacks with 5 forced fumbles and 99 tackles.
Karl Mecklenburg (79)—Linebacker/defensive end Karl Mecklenburg played his entire career for the Broncos as well, from 1983 to 1994. Mecklenburg ranks second in franchise history with 79 sacks, and he had a career high 13 of them in 1985, one of three seasons in which Mecklenburg was a first team All Pro. But perhaps his best overall season was 1989. That year, Mecklenburg had 7.5 sacks, but had a career high 143 tackles as well as 2 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.
Trevor Pryce (64)—Defensive lineman Trevor Pryce began his career in Denver and played for the Broncos from 1997 to 2005. Pryce ranks third in team history with 64 sacks, and he tied a career high with 13 sacks while with Denver in 1999. That year, Pryce was a first team All Pro, as he added 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 33 tackles and 13 assists.
Rulon Jones (52.5)—Defensive end Rulon Jones played for the Broncos his entire career, from 1980 to 1988, and he ranks fourth in their history with 52.5 sacks. Jones had arguably his best season in 1986, when he was a first team All Pro with a career high 13.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, and a safety.
Elvis Dumervil (43)—Defensive end Elvis Dumervil has played for Denver his entire career so far, from 2006 until now as I write this in 2010. Dumervil is already fifth in Broncos’ franchise history with 43 sacks, and if he keeps playing at a high level and stays in Denver, there is a chance he could top this list eventually. Dumervil had his best season in 2009, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he led the NFL with a career high 17 sacks, and he added 3 passes deflected, 4 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 41 tackles and 7 assists.