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Top Ten Most Sacks in the NFL (By Quarterback)

Which NFL Quarterbacks Have Taken the Most Sacks of All-Time?

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Happy Hump Day, folks! Normally, the top tens I write about stats focus on positive accomplishments, like the most passing yards ever thrown or the most rushing yards ever achieved. Today, though, we’re going to turn the tables and look at the ten NFL quarterbacks who were sacked the most times during their careers. 

 

Top Ten Most Sacks in the NFL (By Quarterback)

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1. Brett Favre, who ultimately played for 4 teams (though he’s best remembered for his time with the Green Bay Packers), was sacked 525 times between 1991-2010. Favre admittedly played a long time, but that still works out to 26.25 sacks per year. Ouch. 

 

2. John Elway, who spent 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos, took 516 sacks during the course of his NFL career. 

 

3. Dave Krieg, who played for 6 teams in 19 years in the league, was sacked a grand total of 494 times. 

 

4. Randall Cunningham, who played for 17 NFL seasons with 4 different teams, was sacked 484 times. 

 

5. Phil Simms, who spent his entire NFL career with the New York Giants, took 477 sacks. 

 

6. Drew Bledsoe, who played for 3 teams between 1993-2006, was sacked 467 times. 

 

7. Warren Moon was sacked 458 times while playing for 4 NFL teams over the course of 17 seasons. 

 

8. Vinny Testaverde, who spent time on 7 teams and played for 21 seasons, was sacked 417 times. Not really a surprise given Testaverde’s two-plus decade career. 

 

9. Ben Roethlisberger, the only active player on today’s list, has spent his entire 11 year career thus far with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Big Ben has already taken 416 sacks. 

 

10. Donovan McNabb, who spent 13 years in the NFL, most memorably with the Philadelphia Eagles, was sacked 410 times during his career.

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