New York Jets’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The New York Jets began play as the AFL’s Titans in 1960, and became the Jets in 1963. The team won a Super Bowl following the 1968 season, and that was their only appearance in the title game to date. But the Jets have usually fielded a competitive team, and have also had some fierce pass rushers over the years. What follows is a short list of the Jets’ all-time sack leaders, keeping in mind that sacks were not considered an official statistic until 1982.
Mark Gastineau (74)—Defensive end Mark Gastineau played for the Jets his entire career, from 1979 to 1988, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 74 sacks. Gastineau led the NFL in sacks in 1983 (19) and 1984 (22), with the 22 being a career high and an NFL-best for a single season for many years -- Michael Strahan actually broke it in 2001 with 22.5. Gastineau was a first team All Pro three straight seasons, from 1982 to 1984, and that 1984 season was indeed his best, in which he also returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Shaun Ellis (68)—Defensive End Shaun Ellis has been with the Jets his entire career so far, from 2000 until now as I write this in 2010. Ellis ranks second in franchise history with 68 sacks, and his best season so far was 2003. That year, Ellis had a career high 12.5 sacks, as well as one forced fumble, 48 tackles (also career best) and 21 assists.
John Abraham (53.5)—Defensive end John Abraham played for the Jets from 2000 to 2005, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 53.5 sacks. Abraham had a career high 16.5 sacks while with Atlanta in 2008, but his best season for the Jets was 2001. That year, Abraham was a first team All Pro, with 13 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and a career high 58 tackles.
Mo Lewis (52.5)—Linebacker Mo Lewis played for the Jets his entire career, from 1991 to 2003, and he ranks fourth in team history with 52.5 sacks. Lewis had a career high 10 sacks in 2000, but his best overall season was arguably 1993. That year, Lewis had just 4 sacks, but had 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and a career high 158 tackles.Marvin Washington (37.5)—Defensive lineman Marvin Washington played for the Jets most of his career, from 1989 to 1996, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 37.5 sacks. Washington had his best season in 1992, with a career high 8.5 sacks to go along with 62 tackles, and one safety.