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Detroit Lions’ All-Time Sack Leaders

Updated on July 15, 2010

Robert Porcher

Tracy Scroggins

The Detroit Lions are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, as they entered the league in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans, and became the Lions in 1934.  The Lions were a very competitive team back in the day, and have four championships to date.  But they have never been to the Super Bowl, and have mostly been futile for the past two or three decades, save for a couple of playoff-bound teams in the ‘90’s.  Still, the Lions have fielded some good players, and here we take a look at the team’s all-time sacks leaders.  Keep in mind that sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982:

Robert Porcher (95.5)—Defensive lineman Robert Porcher played for the Lions his entire career, from 1992 to 2003, and he leads the team all-time with 95.5 sacks.  Porcher had his best season in 1999, one of three seasons in which he made the Pro Bowl.  That year, Porcher had a career high 15 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 32 tackles and 16 assists.

Mike L. Cofer (62.5)—Linebacker/defensive end Mike Cofer also played his entire career in Detroit, from 1983 to 1992, and he ranks third in franchise history with 62.5 sacks.  Cofer had his best season in 1988, when he made the Pro Bowl with a career high 12 sacks, and added 2 fumble recoveries as well. 

Tracy Scroggins (60.5)—Defensive end/linebacker Tracy Scroggins also played in Detroit his whole career, from 1992 to 2001.  Scroggins ranks third in Lions’ history with 60.5 sacks, and he had his best season in 1995.  That year, Scroggins had a career best 9.5 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for an 81 yard touchdown, 35 tackles (career high) and 10 assists.

William Gay (44.5)—Defensive lineman William Gay played for the Lions most of his career, from 1978 to 1987.  He ranks fourth in team history with 44.5 sacks, and probably had more that weren’t counted before 1982.  Gay had his best season in 1983, with a career high 13.5 sacks, and added a fumble recovery.

James Hall (33)—Defensive end James Hall played for the Lions from 2000 to 2006, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 33 sacks.  Hall had his best season in 2004, when he had a career high 11.5 sacks, and added 1 interception, 5 passes deflected, 4 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 38 tackles and 10 assists.


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      Gregory Forte 2 years ago

      Deacon Jones is the greatest sack master of all time with over 400 sacks.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for some more useful information.