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San Francisco 49ers’ All-Time Sack Leaders

Updated on August 25, 2010

Bryant Young

Charles Haley

The San Francisco 49ers began play in 1946 with the AAFC and then joined the NFL in 1950.  The franchise has a rich history, especially during the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s when Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young led them to five Super Bowl titles.  But the 49ers’ defenses have been solid over the years as well, and what follows is a short list of the team’s all-time sack leaders.  Keep in mind that sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982….

Bryant Young (89.5)—Defensive lineman Bryant Young played for the 49ers his entire career, from 1994 to 2007, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 89.5 sacks.  Young had his best season in 1996, when he was a first team All Pro with career highs in sacks (11.5) and tackles (61), adding one forced fumble, one fumble recovery returned 43 yards, 15 assists and 2 safeties (led the NFL). 

Charles Haley (66.5)—Defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley played for the Niners twice, from 1986 to 1991 and again in 1998 and 1999.  Haley ranks second in franchise history with 66.5 sacks, and his best season was in 1990 when the 49ers won the Super Bowl.  That year, Haley was a first team All Pro with a career best 16 sacks, and he added 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 58 tackles.

Dana Stubblefield (46.5)—Defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield played for the 49ers from 1993 to 1997 and again in 2001 and 2002.  He ranks third in team history with 46.5 sacks, and had his best season in 1997, when he was a first team All Pro.  That year, Stubblefield had a career high 15 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 48 tackles and 13 assists.

Dwaine Board (45)—Defensive end Dwaine Board played for the 49ers most of his career, from 1979 to 1988, and he ranks fourth in Niners’ history with 45 sacks.  Board had his best season in 1983, when he had a career high 13 sacks, and added five fumble recoveries, including one for the only touchdown of his career. 

Chris Doleman (38)—Defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman played most of his career for the Vikings, but played for San Francisco from 1996 to 1998.  Doleman ranks fifth in franchise history with 38 sacks, and his best season was in 1989 with Minnesota, when he led the NFL with a career high 21 sacks.  But Doleman’s best season with the 49ers wasn’t shabby, either.  That was in 1998, when he registered 15 sacks, and added 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 31 tackles and 14 assists. 


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      Derrick Ward 5 years ago

      Does Bryant Young have a Facebook page if so email me at

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      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Nice hub, but isn't Cedrick Hardman the all-time sack leader? I've got a football signed by him that says as much, and he doesn't even show up on your list? oh-82 - got it.

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      Michael Willis 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Good to see you again G-man. Great hub as always.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this well written hub.