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Oilers/Titans’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Houston Oilers began play in the AFL in 1960 and were the league champions those first two seasons. They merged into the NFL in 1970 and became the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 after moving to Nashville. Then they became the Titans in 1999, and that same year went to the franchise’s only Super Bowl, where they lost to the Rams. The franchise has always had solid defensive play, or almost always, and here is a short list of their all-time sack leaders, keeping in mind that sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Ray Childress (75.5)—Defensive lineman Ray Childress played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1985 to 1995, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 75.5 sacks. Childress had 172 tackles in 1986, but his best overall season was probably 1992, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Childress had a career high 13 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown), and 90 tackles.
William Fuller (59)—Defensive end William Fuller played in Houston most of his career, from 1986 to 1993. He ranks second in franchise history with 59 sacks, and his best season was with the Oilers in 1991. That year, Fuller had a career high 15 sacks, and added a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 54 tackles.
Sean Jones (57.5)—Defensive end Sean Jones played for the Oilers from 1988 to 1993, and he ranks third in their history with 57.5 sacks. Jones had a career high 15.5 sacks while playing for the Raiders, but his best season for Houston was 1993, his lone Pro Bowl season. That year, Jones had 13 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 54 tackles.
Jevon Kearse (52)—Defensive end Jevon Kearse had two tours of duty with the Titans—1999 through 2003 and again in 2008 and 2009. Kearse ranks fourth in team history with 52 sacks, and his best season was his rookie year of 1999. That year, Kearse had career highs in sacks (14.5) and tackles (48), with 8 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery for the only touchdown of his career, and 9 assists.
Kyle Vanden Bosch (38.5)—Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch played for the Titans from 2005 to 2009 before signing with the Lions. Vanden Bosch ranks fifth in franchise history with 38.5 sacks, and his best season in Tennessee was 2005, one of three years he was selected to the Pro Bowl. That year, Vanden Bosch had a career high 12.5 sacks, and added 1 pass deflected, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 41 tackles and 25 assists.