Jacksonville Jaguars’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Jacksonville Jaguars have only been an NFL franchise since 1995, when they entered the league as an expansion team along with the Carolina Panthers. But just like Carolina, the Jaguars were almost instant contenders, making it to the AFC title game in 1996. They also have been a team that has won much of the time with stout defense. Here is a short list of the Jaguars’ all-time sack leaders:
Tony Brackens (55)—Defensive end Tony Brackens played for Jacksonville his entire career, from 1996 to 2003, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 55 sacks. His best season was 1999, when Brackens has career highs in sacks (12) and tackles (55). He added 2 interceptions (one for a touchdown), 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 13 assists on his way to the lone Pro Bowl selection of Brackens’ career.
Joel Smeenge (34)—Linebacker/defensive end Joel Smeenge played for the Jags from 1995 to 2000, and he ranks second in franchise history with 34 sacks. Smeenge had arguably his best season in 1998, when he racked up a career high 7.5 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 28 tackles and 10 assists.
John Henderson (29)—Defensive tackle John Henderson has played his entire career for the Jaguars, from 2002 until 2009, but signed with the Oakland Raiders for the 2010 season. Henderson ranks third in Jaguars’ history with 29 sacks, and he had a career best 6.5 sacks in 2002. But Henderson’s best season was arguably 2004, when he made the Pro Bowl with 5.5 sacks, 4 passes deflected, 1 fumble recovery, and a career high 63 tackles with 13 assists.
Paul Spicer (28.5)—Defensive end Paul Spicer played for the Jaguars most of his career, from 2000 to 2008, and he ranks fourth in their history with 28.5 sacks. Spicer had arguably his best season in 2007, when he tied a career high with 7.5 sacks, and added 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 28 tackles and 7 assists.
Kevin Hardy (28.5)—Linebacker Kevin Hardy played in Jacksonville from 1996 to 2001, and he ranks tied for fourth in franchise history with Spicer with 28.5 sacks. Hardy had his best season in 1999, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Spicer had a career high 10.5 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 74 tackles and 24 assists.