By now, the NFL season has officially begun, and you’ve probably heard the term “Watt-ification.”
This year, the league’s most prolific defensive player will be on the field, with a whopping 20 sacks.
In case you’re wondering what that means, here’s a look at the most prolific sacks in NFL history by player: J.D. Watt has 20 sacks in the NFL, more than any other player.
The rest of the list has 16 players who have had at least 20 sacks over the course of the past 15 seasons, with only 11 of those players being Hall of Famers.
Let’s take a look.
DeMarcus Ware DeMarcus “The Champ” Ware has 21 sacks in his career, tied with John Randle for the most by a player in NFL History.
Ware has more than anyone else who ever played the game, with 22 career sacks, while he has only played for one team in the past 12 seasons.
He also holds the record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive end.
The only other defensive lineman to accomplish this feat was Von Miller, who had 22 sacks in 2016.
Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson is tied for the league lead with 22 sacks.
Peterson also has the most career sacks with 15.
His career-high of 14 in 2011 will go down as the most of any player.
Antonio Smith The Steelers defensive end was a dominant force in the Steelers’ 4-3 defense, and he is the only defensive end to have multiple Pro Bowl berths during his career.
He is one of only three defensive ends to earn multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards, joining Jerry Rice and Derrick Thomas.
Dez Bryant Dez is the first player to win multiple Defensive Rookie of the Month awards during his rookie season.
Bryant is also the only player in the history of the NFL to be named the MVP for each of the seasons he has been a starter.
Bryant’s 13 sacks during his first two seasons of his career are the most in the league.
Eric Dickerson Eric Dickenson, one of the most decorated players in NFL annals, had the second-most sacks in league history with 29 in 2014.
Dickerson had 15 sacks in 2013, a career-low.
He had 10 sacks in 2012, and 11 in 2011.
Lawrence Taylor Lawrence Taylor was a defensive player who helped lead the Colts to two Super Bowl victories, one in 2004 and one in 2008.
Taylor finished his career with 17 sacks in three seasons with the team.
Mike Vrabel Mike Vrentas is the all-time sack leader in NFLhistory, having racked up 19 in his six-year career with the New York Giants.
He has the record with four different teams in the five seasons he played with the Giants.
Aaron Hernandez Aaron Hernandez has led the NFL in sacks in each of his four seasons with New England, the last three with the Patriots.
He leads the NFL with nine sacks in 2007.
Michael Strahan The former Steelers defensive tackle is the NFL’s all- time sack leader.
He recorded 12 sacks in 2008, and 13 sacks in 2006.
Antonio Cromartie Antonio Cromarts 10th season in the New England Patriots defense is the most sacks by a linebacker in NFLennium.
Cromarties career-best is 12 sacks, which also ranks third all-Time for the NFL.
Derrick Johnson Derrick Johnson had a career high eight sacks in 2017.
He played in all 16 games that season.
Michael Sam Michael Sam has recorded five sacks in nine career games with the Seattle Seahawks.
Terrell Suggs Terrell was a star linebacker for the Carolina Panthers from 2009 to 2016.
He was a four-time Pro Bowler, and led the team in sacks during the 2011 season.
Antonio Gates Antonio Gates has recorded seven sacks in 11 career games against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ryan Shazier Ryan Shaze has recorded four sacks in seven career games for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ray Lewis Ray Lewis played a major role in the Super Bowl run in Seattle.
He and defensive coordinator Dom Capers are considered the fathers of the 3-4 defense.
Lewis recorded seven tackles for loss in Super Bowl XLIX.
Eric Weddle Eric WedDle is the career leader in sacks with 31.
Antonio Allen Antonio Allen has recorded three sacks in five games with San Francisco.
Chris Long Chris Long has recorded one sack in 10 career games in New Orleans.
Terrence Brooks Terrence “The Beast” Brooks has recorded 16 sacks in two seasons with Cincinnati, making him the only linebacker to have more than one sack over the past 10 seasons.
Joe Flacco Joe Flavors career-long streak of at least one sack is the longest in NFL modern history.
Joe Haden Joe Hadens streak of three consecutive seasons with a