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U.S. States to Produce the Most NFL Players with 10 or More Sacks in a Season: Installment 3, States 12-23

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

Installment 3 of this database includes states ranking 12-23 in per capita production of NFL players to finish a season with 10 sacks or more. In addition, a player list is included with each state and a statistical description of every performance.

For those of you more interested in an overview of state production ranks both in per capita and overall number of performances, a detailed table can be found in installment 1. Links to this installment and all other installments in this database can be found in the text box to your right.

For those of you interested in other state by state football production rankings presented by Larry Rankin, they can be found by clicking on the Larry Rankin profile or via links at the bottom of this page.

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12. New Jersey

Per Capita Score: 213.5

10 Sack Performances: 19

Jim Jeffcoat sets the pace for New Jersey born pass rushers going for 10 plus sack seasons having 5 such performances. Patrick Kerney met or bested the mark 4 times over the course of his career.

New Jersey 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2007
Sea Seahawks
DE
Patrick Kerney
14.5
49
1984
KC Chiefs
DE
Art Still
14.5
--
1986
Dal Cowboys
DE
Jim Jeffcoat
14.0
65
1983
Pit Steelers
DE
Keith Willis
14.0
--
2004
Atl Falcons
DE
Patrick Kerney
13.0
54
1985
Dal Cowboys
DE
Jim Jeffcoat
12.0
77
2001
Atl Falcons
DE
Patrick Kerney
12.0
38
1986
Pit Steelers
DE
Keith Willis
12.0
--
1993
NY Giants
DE
Keith Hamilton
11.5
51
1984
Dal Cowboys
DE
Jim Jeffcoat
11.5
82
1989
Dal Cowboys
DE
Jim Jeffcoat
11.5
100
2000
Bal Ravens
DE
Rob Burnett
10.5
40
1992
Dal Cowboys
DE
Jim Jeffcoat
10.5
42
2002
Atl Falcons
DE
Patrick Kerney
10.5
45
1986
KC Chiefs
DE
Art Still
10.5
--
2013
NY Jets
DE
Muhammad Wilkerson
10.5
43
1998
Atl Falcons
DE
Lester Archambeau
10.0
30
1994
Cle Browns
DE
Rob Burnett
10.0
41
2000
NY Giants
DT
Keith Hamilton
10.0
43
Source

13. North Carolina

Per Capita Score: 213.3

10 Sack Performances: 21

Julius Pepper is still playing and still making sacks, though his most impactful years are probably behind him. His 120 and counting career sacks and 8 career seasons with 10 or more sacks puts him in pretty elite company.

Other players of note: Leonard Little had a fine career and Mario Williams has been a good contributor thus far in the NFL.

North Carolina 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2001
Stl Rams
DE
Leonard Little
14.5
28
2008
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
14.5
40
2007
Hou Texans
DE
Mario Williams
14.0
43
2000
TB Bucs
DE
Marcus Jones
13.0
29
2006
Stl Rams
DE
Leonard Little
13.0
55
2006
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
13.0
48
1992
LA Raiders
DE
Anthony Smith
13.0
31
2013
Buf Bills
DE
Mario Williams
13.0
28
2007
Dal Cowboys
LB
Greg Ellis
12.5
24
2003
Stl Rams
DE
Leonard Little
12.5
41
1993
LA Raiders
DE
Anthony Smith
12.5
52
2002
Stl Rams
DE
Leonard Little
12.0
37
2002
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
12.0
28
2008
Hou Texans
DE
Mario Williams
12.0
44
2012
Chi Bears
DE
Julius Peppers
11.5
32
2004
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
11.0
52
2011
Chi Bears
DE
Julius Peppers
11.0
33
2005
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
10.5
38
2009
Car Panthers
DE
Julius Peppers
10.5
36
1991
LA Raiders
DE
Anthony Smith
10.5
--
2012
Buf Bills
DE
Mario Williams
10.5
3
Source

14. Ohio

Per Capita Score: 199

10 Sack Performances: 23

Ohio has had its fair share of quality pass rushers, but none who jump off the page as all-time greats.

The best of this list is likely Dana Stubblefield, a massive run stopping defensive tackle also gifted with the speed and athleticism to rush the passer.

Another player of note is James Harrison, an active player who received the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

Ohio 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2008
Pit Steelers
LB
James Harrison
16.0
67
2000
Phi Eagles
DE
Hugh Douglas
15.0
44
1997
SF 49ers
DT
Dana Stubblefield
15.0
48
2007
Phi Eagles
DE
Trent Cole
12.5
49
2009
Phi Eagles
DE
Trent Cole
12.5
48
1998
Phi Eagles
DE
Hugh Douglas
12.5
37
2002
Phi Eagles
DE
Hugh Douglas
12.5
44
2007
NE Patriots
LB
Mike Vrabel
12.5
55
2000
Was Redskins
DE
Marco Coleman
12.0
41
1984
Phi Eagles
DE
Dennis Harrison
12.0
--
2000
NO Saints
DE
Joe Johnson
12.0
38
1993
Phi Eagles
DT
Andy Harmon
11.5
89
1983
Phi Eagles
DE
Dennis Harrison
11.5
--
2011
Phi Eagles
DE
Trent Cole
11.0
41
1995
Phi Eagles
DT
Andy Harmon
11.0
56
1986
NE Pats
DE
Garin Veris
11.0
--
1982
Phi Eagles
DE
Dennis Harrison
10.5
--
2010
Pit Steelers
LB
James Harrison
10.5
70
1993
SF 49ers
DT
Dana Stubblefield
10.5
64
2010
Phi Eagles
DE
Trent Cole
10.0
50
1995
NY Jets
DE
Hugh Douglas
10.0
25
2009
Pit Steelers
LB
James Harrison
10.0
60
1985
NE Patriots
DE
Garin Veris
10.0
--
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15. Pennsylvania

Per Capita Score: 196

10 Sack Performances: 25

Like so many great pass rushers, many of Hall of Famer Randy White’s best years were had before the sack became an official stat. Despite this and the fact he was a DT, a position less geared for the pass rush, he still appears on our list 3 times. One can only speculate, but had sacks been kept during the entirety of his career, he may have been our number one all time sacker from that position.

Also of note for Pennsylvania is Jason Taylor. With 139.5 career sacks and a career that boasts 6 seasons of 10 or more sacks, he is a likely candidate for Canton someday.

Obscure Stat: The tackle didn’t become an official stat until 2001. Jamir Miller’s 81 tackles in 2001 are the most tackles anyone with 10 sacks or more has had during the era of tackles as an official statistic.

Pennsylvania 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2002
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
18.5
45
2000
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
14.5
37
2000
KC Chiefs
DE
Eric Hicks
14.0
37
2006
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
13.5
40
2001
Cle Browns
LB
Jamir Miller
13.0
81
2003
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
13.0
37
1983
Dal Cowboys
DT
Randy White
12.5
--
1984
Dal Cowboys
DT
Randy White
12.5
--
1983
Chi Bears
DE
Mike Hartenstine
12.0
--
2005
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
12.0
52
2006
SD Chargers
LB
Shaun Phillips
11.5
42
2002
Was Redskins
LB
LaVar Arrington
11.0
67
1998
Oak Raiders
DE
Lance Johnstone
11.0
48
2004
Min Vikings
DE
Lance Johnstone
11.0
25
1996
Was Redskins
DE
Rich OwenS
11.0
35
2010
SD Chargers
LB
Shaun Phillips
11.0
47
2007
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jason Taylor
11.0
47
1984
NO Saints
DE
Bruce Clark
10.5
--
1993
LA Rams
DT
Sean Gilbert
10.5
81
1985
Dal Cowboys
DT
Randy White
10.5
--
1989
SD Chargers
DE
Burt Grossman
10.0
63
1990
SD Chargers
DE
Burt Grossman
10.0
67
1999
Oak Raiders
DE
Lance Johnstone
10.0
45
2003
Min Vikings
DE
Lance Johnstone
10.0
20
2013
Den Broncos
DE
Shaun Phillips
10.0
28
Source

16. Connecticut

Per Capita Score: 195

10 Sack Performances: 7

The difference between Connecticut appearing or being a no-show on our list: the birth of Dwight Freeney in Hartford, CT in 1980.

And if you’re a state that only has produced one 10 sack performer, Freeney is a good one to have. He has met or bested the mark 7 times over the course of his illustrious career and still plays in the NFL.

Connecticut 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2004
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
16.0
31
2009
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
13.5
19
2002
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
13.0
40
2003
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
11.0
27
2005
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
11.0
29
2008
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
10.5
24
2010
Ind Colts
DE
Dwight Freeney
10.0
21
Source

17. Iowa

Per Capita Score: 194

10 Sack Performances: 6

Iowa has had 3 players best the 10 sack mark over their careers. All of them have accomplished the feat twice, bringing our total to 6.

Iowa 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1995
Buf Bills
LB
Bryce Paup
17.5
70
2006
GB Packers
DE
Aaron Kampman
15.5
59
2005
Ten Titans
DE
Kyle Vanden Bosch
12.5
40
2007
GB Packers
DE
Aaron Kampman
12.0
48
2007
Ten Titans
DE
Kyle Vanden Bosch
12.0
48
1993
GB Packers
LB
Bryce Paup
11.0
74
Source

18. Indiana

Per Capita Score: 183

10 Sack Performances: 12

Chris Doleman was a real show stopper. His 21 sacks in 1989 is one of the best pass rushing performances in NFL history, as are his 150.5 career sacks and 8 career 10 or more sack performances.

Doleman was not inducted into the Hall of Fame until 2012, several years after his initial eligibility. This beckons the question, “What on earth were those folks in Canton thinking waiting so long?”

Indiana 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1989
Min Vikings
DE
Chris Doleman
21.0
94
1998
SF 49ers
DE
Chris Doleman
15.0
31
1992
Min Viking
DE
Chris Doleman
14.5
64
1993
Min Vikings
DE
Chris Doleman
12.5
68
1997
SF 49ers
DE
Chris Doleman
12.0
39
1987
Min Vikings
DE
Chris Doleman
11.0
57
1990
Min Vikings
DE
Chris Doleman
11.0
92
1996
SF 49ers
DE
Chris Doleman
11.0
45
2012
Dal Cowboys
LB
Anthony Spencer
11.0
55
2001
Chi Bears
LB
Rosevelt Colvin
10.5
59
2002
Chi Bears
LB
Rosevelt Colvin
10.5
55
1999
Jax Jaguars
LB
Kevin Hardy
10.5
74
Source

19. West Virginia

Per Capita Score: 162

10 Sack Performances: 3

West Virginia has less than 2 million people. They have had 2 players born in their state who have surpassed the 10 sack mark. That’s good enough for 19th on our per capita list.

West Virginia 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1988
LA Rams
DE
Gary Jeter
11.5
--
1985
L.A. Rams
DE
Gary Jeter
11.0
--
1984
LA Raiders
LB
Rod Martin
11.0
--
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20. North Dakota

Per Capita Score: 138

10 Sack Performances: 1

North Dakota has roughly 720,000 people. This means if they could birth a few more 10 sack performers, they would catapult up our list.

North Dakota 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1995
Buf Bills
DE
Phil Hansen
10.0
53
Source

21. Alaska

Per Capita Score: 136

10 Sack Performances: 1

Alaska is our most sparsely populated state in terms of land mass, but it does not boast the smallest population. Travis Hall’s 10.5 sacks in 1997 is Alaska’s only claim to a 10 sack performer, good enough for 21st on our list.

Alaska 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1997
Atl Falcons
DT
Travis Hall
10.5
61
Source

22. Maryland

Per Capita Score: 135

10 Sack Performances: 8

Trace Armstrong met or surpassed the 10 sack mark in 5 seasons over the course of his career. He is also a member of the coveted 100 career sack club. Though he will probably find himself always on the outside looking in, he at least deserves consideration for the Hall of Fame at some point.

Maryland born Cameron Wake is having a promising career so far, and if he can stay healthy, will likely meet the 10 sack mark at least a few more times before he retires.

Maryland 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
2000
Mia Dolphins
DE
Trace Armstrong
16.5
24
2012
Mia Dolphins
DE
Cameron Wake
15.0
38
2010
Mia Dolphins
LB
Cameron Wake
14.0
48
1996
Mia Dolphins
DE
Trace Armstrong
12.0
22
1993
Chi Bears
DE
Trace Armstrong
11.5
58
1998
Mia Dolphins
DE
Trace Armstrong
10.5
20
1990
Chi Bears
DE
Trace Armstrong
10.0
82
2006
Sea Seahawks
LB
Julian Peterson
10.0
71
Source

23. California

Per Capita Score: 128

10 Sack Performances: 49

As usual, California is towards the top of our list in number of performers, but due to being the most populous state in the union, doesn’t fare as well in per capita ranking.

Also as usual, there are a great many big names on California’s list, from Clay Matthews II and III, to Charles Mann and Greg Townsend, and the list goes on.

Obscure Stat: Keith Millard was an undersized interior lineman with a penchant for making the lives of QBs miserable. His 18 sacks at the DT position in 1989 are tied for the most of any defensive tackle.

Dubious Distinction: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had a standout career with the Green Bay Packers, but he is tied for one distinction he probably would rather not have. In 2001 he recorded only 18 tackles, tied with Kevin Greene for the fewest tackles for anyone having 10 or more sacks in a season.

California 10 Sack Performances

Year
Team
Pos
Name
Sacks
Tackles
1989
Min Vikings
DT
Keith Millard
18.0
--
2008
Mia Dolphins
LB
Joey Porter
17.5
36
2000
NO Saints
DT
La'Roi Glover
17.0
54
1985
Was Redskins
DE
Charles Mann
14.5
85
1984
Cle Browns
DE
Reggie Camp
14.0
--
1983
Det Lions
DE
William Gay
13.5
--
2001
GB Packers
DE
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
13.5
18
2004
GB Packers
DE
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
13.5
33
2010
GB Packers
LB
Clay Matthews III
13.5
54
1996
Pit Steelers
LB
Chad Brown
13.0
50
2011
Stl Rams
DE
Chris Long
13.0
31
1983
Min Vikings
DE
Doug Martin
13.0
--
2012
GB Packers
LB
Clay Matthews III
13.0
32
1991
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
13.0
55
2001
SD Chargers
DE
Marcellus Wiley
13.0
38
1990
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
12.5
67
2002
GB Packers
DE
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
12.0
35
1984
Cle Browns
LB
Clay Matthews II
12.0
126
1990
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jeff Cross
11.5
60
1995
Stl Rams
DT
D'Marco Farr
11.5
48
2012
Stl Rams
DE
Chris Long
11.5
25
1991
Was Redskins
DE
Charles Mann
11.5
63
1982
Min Vikings
DE
Doug Martin
11.5
--
1986
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
11.5
37
1988
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
11.5
57
1995
NE Pats
LB
Willie McGinest
11.0
70
1985
Min Vikings
NT
Keith Millard
11.0
--
1994
SD Chargers
DE
Chris Mims
11.0
35
1986
SF 49ers
DE
Jeff Stover
11.0
--
2013
Ten Titans
DT
Jurrell Casey
10.5
38
1993
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jeff Cross
10.5
93
1986
Min Vikings
DT
Keith Millard
10.5
--
2000
Pit Steelers
LB
Joey Porter
10.5
43
2005
Pit Steelers
LB
Joey Porter
10.5
39
1983
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
10.5
--
1989
LA Raiders
LB
Greg Townsend
10.5
67
2000
Buf Bills
DE
Marcellus Wiley
10.5
41
1997
TB Bucs
DE
Chidi Ahanotu
10.0
38
2009
NE Patriots
LB
Tully Banta-Cain
10.0
35
1989
Mia Dolphins
DE
Jeff Cross
10.0
59
1984
Der Lions
DE
William Gay
10.0
--
2003
GB Packers
DE
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
10.0
34
1998
NO Saints
DT
La'Roi Glover
10.0
49
1986
Was Redskins
DE
Charles Mann
10.0
87
1989
Was Redskins
DE
Charles Mann
10.0
93
2009
GB Packers
LB
Clay Matthews III
10.0
36
1992
SD Chargers
DE
Chris Mims
10.0
53
1985
SF 49ers
DE
Jeff Stover
10.0
--
1985
LA Raiders
DE
Greg Townsend
10.0
--

Sources:

The information on this database has been compiled through reference of the following websites: Profootballreference.com, NFL.com, and Wikipedia.

If you believe any of the information in this database to be inaccurate, the author would appreciate your feedback.

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