Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Philadelphia Eagles have been an NFL franchise since 1933, and they have won three championships, but none in the Super Bowl era despite making it to the big game twice. But the Eagles have almost always boasted a dominant defense, and what follows is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Reggie White (124)—Defensive lineman Reggie White is not just the Eagles’ all-time sacks leader with 124, but he was one of the greatest NFL players ever. White was drafted by the Eagles and played in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1992, and he led the league in sacks twice—with 21 in 1987 (career high) and 18 in 1988. That 1987 campaign was arguably White’s best season, as he also had 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for a 70 yard touchdown, and 76 tackles. He was a first time All Pro six times with the Eagles as well. Sadly, White passed away in 2004 from a heart attack at the age of 43.
Clyde Simmons (76)—Defensive lineman Clyde Simmons played for the Eagles from 1986 to 1993, and he ranks second in franchise history with 76 sacks. Simmons had what was probably his best season in 1992, when he led the NFL with a career high 19 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 96 tackles. He was a first team All Pro in both 1991 and 1992.
Hugh Douglas (54.5)—Defensive end Hugh Douglas played for the Eagles from 1998 to 2002, and again in 2004. Douglas ranks third in team history with 54.5 sacks, and his best season was probably 2000. That year, Douglas had a career high 15 sacks, and added one interception, 2 forced fumbles, 44 tackles and 12 assists on his way to being named first team All Pro.
Greg Brown (50.5)—Defensive lineman Greg Brown played for Philadelphia from 1981 to 1986, and he ranks fourth in Eagles’ history with 50.5 sacks. Brown had his best season in 1984, when he registered 16 sacks and also had a fumble recovery.
Trent Cole (47)—Defensive end/linebacker Trent Cole has been with the Eagles his entire career so far, from 2005 until now as I write this in 2010. Cole already ranks fifth in franchise history with 47 sacks, and his best two seasons have been 2007 and 2009. Both years, he had a career high 12.5 sacks with 49 tackles. In 2007, however, Cole added a fumble recovery (to go along with 4 forced fumbles), and 20 assists.