LA Rams fans should be excited to watch DL Aaron Donald’s march to set the franchise’s sack record
Sacking the quarterback will always hold a special place for football fans. Currently, LA Rams DL Aaron Donald has 72 career sacks. He is third on the LA Rams all-time list for sacks behind Leonard Little and Kevin Greene. At his current rate, Donald will very likely pass Greene easily in week one.
Keven Greene played eight years with the Rams as a 3-4 outside linebacker, during the 1985-92 seasons. He recorded 72.5 sacks before moving on to play for Pittsburgh. Greene finished his career with 160 total sacks.
Little collected 87.5 sacks in his twelve-year NFL career with the Rams at defensive end. He had four seasons in which he got 10 or more in a season. Remember, the NFL did not consider sacks as an official stat until 1982.
Ever wonder how many sacks that the Fearsome Foursome collected in their time together? It’s a shame that Deacon Jones does not have a single sack on his career stat line. There’s a good chance that he would have the franchise record for sacks by a wide margin.
Regardless, Donald is on pace to become the Rams all-time sack leader. In six seasons, Donald has become the premier force on defense. Whether you count statistics or rely on analytics, he is the best defensive player by far. In his six NFL seasons, he has had 10 or more sacks four times. Don’t forget, he had 20.5 in 2019. Michael Strahan set the NFL record with 22.5 sacks in the 2001 season.
Donald needs 16 more sacks to break the Rams record. He will accomplish that task if he gets one each week. How cool will it be to countdown each sack until he shatters the record? Now that the Rams have added A’Shawn Robinson as the nose tackle, it’s certainly something we’ve discussed.
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Buffalo Bills DE Bruce Smith is the NFL’s all-time sack king with 200. He played 15 NFL seasons from 1985-2003. If Donald stays healthy and plays as many seasons as Smith, he will put the sack record out of reach.
As crazy as this year has been, Rams fans have lots to look towards in 2020. There is the Donald sack record to watch. The Rams have a good chance to bring back another Lombardi Trophy.
Perhaps the craziest thing is, watching the Rams accomplish all this without fans in the stands. Training camp is beginning after a long offseason. Let’s see how it all plays out.