On a night that the Cowboys’ defense (and fans) would likely rather forget, linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, had a memorable performance.
Ware ended the game with a career-high 5 sacks. Previously, his single game sack record was 3, which he has done 7 times in his professional career.
Ware is on pace to break his own single-season sack record of 20 sacks, which he set in 2008. Through 7 games this season, he has recorded 12. With 9 games remaining, there is a strong possibility that he will surpass his previous season-high.
On a wider scale, former New York Giant Michael Strahan holds the all-time single season record with 22.5 sacks, done in 2001. Again, with 9 games remaining this season, Ware could feasibly surpass Strahan’s record as well.
These aren’t the only records that Ware is closing in on. He is incredibly close to becoming the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time sack leader.
While the NFL did not recognize quarterback sacks as an official stat until 1982, former Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Jim Jeffcoat, is the franchise’s current all-time sacks leader, recording 94.5 career sacks in his processional career. Ware has recorded 92 in his years in the NFL, so the franchise’s sack record should likely fall within the next week or two.