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Houston Texans’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Houston Texans were an expansion franchise in 2002, three years after the Cleveland Browns re-entered the NFL as an expansion team as well, and finally giving the NFL a balanced 32 teams after three years of imbalance, so to speak. The Texans have been a team on the slow rise, but they surely have drafted some quality defensive players. Here is a short list of the Texans’ all-time sack leaders so far (as I write this in 2010), keeping in mind this franchise is still very young:
Mario Williams (39.5)—The Texans were practically ridiculed for taking defensive end Mario Williams #1 overall in the NFL draft in 2006 instead of Reggie Bush, but it’s kind of worked out in their favor. Williams leads the Texans all-time so far with 39.5 sacks, and his best season to date was 2007—when he registered a career high 14 sacks, and added 1 pass deflected, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery for a 38-yard touchdown, 43 tackles and 16 assists.
Kailee Wong (15)—Linebacker Kailee Wong played for Houston from 2002 to 2006, and ranks second in franchise history with 15 sacks. Wong’s best overall season was 2004, when he tied a career high with 5.5 sacks, and added 3 interceptions, a whopping 14 passes deflected, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 51 tackles and 20 assists.
Jason Babin (13)—Linebacker/defensive end Jason Babin played for the Texans from 2004 to 2006, and he ranks third in their history with 13 sacks. Babin had a career high 5 sacks in 2006, but his best season was arguably 2004, when he had 4 sacks, but added 5 passes deflected, 2 fumble recoveries, and career highs in tackles (51) and assists (12).
Jamie Sharper (11.5)—Linebacker Jamie Sharper played for Houston from 2002 to 2004, and he ranks fourth in the Texans’ brief history with 11.5 sacks. Sharper had a career high 6 sacks with Baltimore in 2001 and 5.5 with the Texans in 2002, but his best overall season may have been with Houston in 2003. That year, Sharper had 4 sacks, 3 passes deflected, 3 forced fumbles, and career highs in tackles (107) and assists (59).Shantee Orr (10.5)—Linebacker Shantee Orr played for the Texans from 2003 to 2007, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 10.5 sacks. Orr had his best season in 2005, when he had a career high 7 sacks, and added 2 passes deflected, 4 forced fumbles, 38 tackles and 12 assists (both career best numbers as well).