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

Keep An Eye On Aldon Smith, Especially On Monday Night Football

Keep An Eye On Aldon Smith, Especially On Monday Night Football

Leading today with Aldon Smith, the fourth-year defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers?

Well, he’s got the goods, in case you haven’t noticed.

Continuing Sports List of the Day‘s series on Monday Night Football, a 40-plus year American institution, let’s drop over to the defensive end – or defensive ends, literally, for the most part.

After running through these offensive leaders…most passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns on Monday Night Football…

…and these team marks…most points in a game and the biggest defeats and most wins on MNF…we check out the next coolest thing – though for defensive aficionados this stat comes at the top of the list.

Sacks.

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.

A. Smith already holds a serious sacks record – he was (and is) the “fastest NFL player to 30 sacks,” per NBC Sports.

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.

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

Photo: Doug Mills via nytimes.com

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