On a day in which the Cowboys will induct Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen into the Ring of Honor, it is only fitting that DeMarcus Ware makes his run at team history to move a step closer to joining those players on the wall.
Ware is second in the NFL with 12 sacks and is coming off the first four-sack game of his career. He has had at least one sack in every game but one and sacks come in bunches for him. He has had three back-to-back games with multiple sacks, including at the start of this season.
He and Simon Fletcher hold the NFL record with at least one sack in 10 straight games.
Sunday’s foe helps the cause. Seattle has allowed a league-high 28 sacks. Tarvaris Jackson has been sacked 20 times. Charlie Whitehurst has been sacked eight. Ware has sacked 39 different quarterbacks in his career and Jackson or Tarvaris or both will make the list Sunday.
But Ware is entering a tricky part of the record book because sacks did not become an official stat in the NFL until 1982.
In the Cowboys’ media guide, they list Harvey Martin as the all-time leader in sacks with 114, followed by Randy White (111), Ed Jones (106), George Andrie (97) and Jethro Pugh (95.5). Jeffcoat, who was with the Cowboys from 1983-94, is next.
Do we ignore the players’ stats when sacks were not an official stat? Do we put an asterisk by it?
I’m not sure it really matters because Ware will end up passing them all one day soon.