Matthews is 80th all time with 72.5 sacks. That being said, 42.5 came in his first four seasons, compared to only 30 in his last four seasons. But as a career, 80th is not bad.
Below are the only active players with more:
That's a pretty impressive group to be apart of.
But I started thinking about sacks per year to get a better idea of his true impact and not just stats by attrition. A couple things LEAPED off the list for me.
- Clay Matthews ranks 21st in sacks per year. That's MUCH better than I expected.
- Reggie White lands at number 2, just ahead of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware at 3 and 4. Amazing to think these two were teammates.
- Number 1 shocked me. None other than JJ freaking Watt. Incredible. A 3-4 DE is the all time sacks per year leader. And he did so only playing in three games in 2016.
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