Well, he’s got the goods, in case you haven’t noticed.
Aldon Smith – less than four complete seasons in the league – already has 12 Monday Night Football sacks, just about half that of the all-time leader, his namesake (and Hall of Famer…and one of the greatest defensive players of all time), long-time Buffalo Bill, Bruce Smith.
Bruce did it all in 19 Monday night games. Aldon has only been in five, almost a quarter as many; he’s got a bound-to-come-down, astronomical 2.4 sacks per Monday nighter. But, if he continues this kind of play or at least a good percentage of it, and remains on a solid team with consistent Monday night appearances (like his Niners), he’ll threaten the record.
Who else is on this list – a bunch of famous defensive players, for sure, and a handful of not-so or just regionally famous. Seventeen of the 21 played all or some of their careers at defensive end (DE), like both Smiths and Hall of Famers Richard Dent, Reggie White and Michael Strahan.
Five linebackers (LB) make the list, including the man with the most Super Bowl rings, Charles Haley, and the most-often acknowledged greatest defensive player of all time, New York Giant, Lawrence Taylor.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||POS.||SACKS||MNF GP||SACKS PER MNF GAME||FOR||CAREER SPAN|
|1.||Bruce Smith||DE||24.5||19||1.29||Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins||1985-2003|
|2.||Richard Dent||DE||20||15||1.33||Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts||1983-1997|
|3.||Kevin Greene||LB||18||12||1.50||Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers||1985-1999|
|4.||Chris Doleman||DE||17||13||1.31||Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers||1985-1999|
|5.||Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila||DE||16.5||18||0.92||Green Bay Packers||2000-2008|
|5.||Reggie White||DE||16.5||13||1.27||Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers||1985-2000|
|7.||Charles Haley||LB/DE||16||14||1.14||San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys||1986-1999|
|8.||Lawrence Taylor||LB||15.5||10||1.55||New York Giants||1981-1993|
|9.||Greg Townsend||DE||14||11||1.27||Los Angeles Raiders||1983-1997|
|10.||John Randle||DT/DE||13.5||11||1.23||Minnesota Vikings||1990-2003|
|11.||Bryant Young||DT/DE||13||17||0.76||San Francisco 49ers||1994-2007|
|12.||Greg Ellis||DE/LB||12.5||16||0.78||Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders||1998-2009|
|12.||Simon Fletcher||LB/DE||12.5||8||1.56||Denver Broncos||1985-1995|
|14.||Dwight Freeney||DE||12||14||0.86||Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers||2002-Present|
|14.||Too Tall Jones||DE||12||9||1.33||Dallas Cowboys||1974-1989|
|14.||Aldon Smith||DE||12||5||2.40||San Francisco 49ers||2011-Present|
|17.||Shaun Phillips||DE||11.5||13||0.88||San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans||2004-Present|
|17.||Neil Smith||DE||11.5||11||1.05||Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos||1988-2000|
|17.||Henry Thomas||DT||11.5||12||0.96||Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots||1987-2000|
|20.||Michael Strahan||DE||11||12||0.92||New York Giants||1993-2007|
|20.||Dana Stubblefield||DT||11||16||0.69||San Francisco 49ers||1993-2003|
Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula 1 World Championship today, becoming the 16th driver since 1950 to win more than one title. Together, these 16 drivers below, have won 49 of the 65 championships (so another 16 drivers were one-time winners).
But the driver with the most F1 world titles overall is Michael Schumacher, of course, with seven, including five in a row between 2000 and 2004.
Driver No. 2 on today’s list, Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, won five in total (over a seven-year span).
Here are the 16 drivers with multiple Formula 1 World Championships.Follow @VinGetz
|DRIVER||HOME COUNTRY||F1 WORLD TITLES||YEAR||TEAM||ENGINE|
|1.||Michael Schumacher||Germany||7||1994||Benetton (UK)||Ford|
|2.||Juan Manuel Fangio||Argentina||5||1951||Alfa Romeo (Italy)||Alfa Romeo|
|1954||Maserati (Italy) / Mercedes (Germany)||Maserati / Mercedes|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Germany||4||2010||Red Bull (Austria)||Renault|
|2011||Red Bull (Austria)||Renault|
|2012||Red Bull (Austria)||Renault|
|2013||Red Bull (Austria)||Renault|
|3.||Alain Prost||France||4||1985||McLaren (UK)||TAG|
|5.||Nelson Piquet||Brazil||3||1981||Brabham (UK)||Ford|
|5.||Ayrton Senna||Brazil||3||1988||McLaren (UK)||Honda|
|5.||Niki Lauda||Austria||3||1975||Ferrari (Italy)||Ferrari|
|5.||Jackie Stewart||UK||3||1969||Matra (France)||Ford|
|5.||Jack Brabham||Australia||3||1959||Cooper (UK)||Climax|
|10.||Lewis Hamilton||UK||2||2008||McLaren (UK)||Mercedes|
|10.||Fernando Alonso||Spain||2||2005||Renault (France)||Renault|
|10.||Mika Häkkinen||Finland||2||1998||McLaren (UK)||Mercedes|
|10.||Emerson Fittipaldi||Brazil||2||1972||Lotus (UK)||Ford|
|10.||Jim Clark||UK||2||1963||Lotus (UK)||Climax|
|10.||Graham Hill||UK||2||1962||BRM (UK)||BRM|
|10.||Alberto Ascari*||Italy||2||1952||Ferrari (Italy)||Ferrari|
Put the NFL (and fantasy football) on notice? In just his fourth pro game ever, New England Patriots‘ running back Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns today against the Indianapolis Colts.
More than 50 RBs in the history of the game have rushed for four TDs in a single game, now including Gray.
Only seven have done better, and that’s including one player from the very first NFL season (1922) in a contest involving two teams that no longer exist, another from 1929 on the “Chicago” Cardinals and one AFL player.
Clearly, punching it in the end zone on foot more than four times in a game is just not something you see that often. We’ve been a bit lucky, though, as it’s also happened three times in the past two decades.
At the top of today’s list is the only running back to run it in a ridiculous six times. It’s Ernie Nevers on that Chicago team not named the Bears.
Everyone else here is at five, including The Man, Jim Brown.Follow @VinGetz
|RUNNING BACK||TDS IN GAME||FOR||AGAINST||DATE|
|1.||Ernie Nevers||6||Chicago Cardinals||Chicago Bears||Nov. 28, 1929|
|2.||Jimmy Conzelman||5||Rock Island Independents||Evansville Crimson Giants||Oct. 15, 1922|
|2.||Jim Brown||5||Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Colts||Nov. 1, 1959|
|2.||Cookie Gilchrist*||5||Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||Dec. 8, 1963|
|2.||Ricky Watters||5||San Francisco 49ers||New York Giants||Jan. 15, 1994|
|2.||James Stewart||5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Philadelphia Eagles||Oct. 12, 1997|
|2.||Clinton Portis||5||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Dec. 7, 2003|