Aldon Smith, Bruce Smith and the Most Sacks on Monday Night Football
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|
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