Miami Dolphins’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Miami Dolphins are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, and were a force in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, though not as much since then. They were an AFL team beginning play in 1966 and moved over to the NFL with the merger in 1970. The Dolphins have been to the Super Bowl five times, winning twice. Sacks became an official statistic in 1982, so here is a short list of the Dolphins’ all-time leaders in that category since then:
Jason Taylor (124)—Defensive end Jason Taylor is one of the best players in the NFL, and he has played most of his career in Miami—from 1997 to 2007, and again in 2009 before signing with the Jets in 2010. Taylor ranks first in Dolphins’ history with 124.5 sacks, and he was a first team All Pro three times with Miami. Taylor’s best season so far was 2002, when he had a career high 18.5 sacks, which also led the NFL that year. He added 8 passes deflected, 7 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 46 tackles and 23 assists.
Jeff Cross (59.5)—Defensive end Jeff Cross played for the Dolphins his entire career, from 1988 to 1995. He ranks second in franchise history with 59.5 sacks, and had arguably his best season in 1990, when he made the Pro Bowl with a career high 11.5 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 60 tackles.
Trace Armstrong (56.5)—Defensive end Trace Armstrong played in Miami from 1995 to 2000, and he ranks third in team history with 56.5 sacks. Armstrong had perhaps his best season in 2000, when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Armstrong had a career high 16.5 sacks, and added 7 forced fumbles (also career best), 24 tackles and 10 assists.
Doug Betters (43.5)—Defensive end Doug Betters played for the Dolphins his entire career, from 1978 to 1987, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 43.5 sacks. He had his best season in 1983, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Betters had a career high 16 sacks, and added four fumble recoveries.
Joey Porter (32)—Linebacker Joey Porter played for Miami from 2007 to 2009, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 32 sacks. Porter, who has played for Pittsburgh most of his career, had arguably his best season for the Dolphins in 2008. That year, Porter made the Pro Bowl with a career high 17.5 sacks, and added a pass deflected, 4 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 37 tackles, and 11 assists.