The 49ers have had some great pass-rushers throughout the years. In this article, we take a look at the top three sack leaders in the team’s history.
The sack was first recorded as an official NFL stat in 1982. Since then, the league has seen many excellent pass-rushers from Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White to Bruce Smith.
The San Francisco 49ers have also had some great pass-rushers over the years, too, though. And the Niners haven’t lacked some Hall of Fame talent in that department.
Let’s look at the top three sack leaders in the team’s franchise history.
49ers sack leader No. 3: Ahmad Brooks
At No. 3 on the list of sack leaders in San Francisco’s franchise history, we have linebacker Ahmad Brooks, and that might actually surprise a few people when thinking about some of the Niners’ pass-rushing greats, although he played for the team from 2009 to 2016 through a number of different head coaches.
Brooks had at least five sacks in every season he played with San Francisco. His best season was in 2013 in which he recorded 8.5 sacks and earned his first and only Pro Bowl selection.
Brooks finished his career with the team with 51.5 sacks.
49ers sack leader No. 2: Charles Haley
At No. 2 on the list of all-time sack leaders is edge rusher and five-time Super Bowl champ Charles Haley.
He actually had two separate stints with the team, the first from 1986 to 1991, and the second from 1998 to 1999.
During the first stint, he earned three Pro Bowl selections, one All-Pro selection and two Super Bowl rings, and Haley would finish his career with the 49ers with 66.5 sacks. Throughout the totality of his career, he recorded 100.5 sacks.
In 2015, Haley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
49ers sack leader No. 1: Bryant Young
At the top spot for sacks in franchise history is the beloved defensive tackle, Bryant Young.
The second most important Young in team history played his entire career with the team from 1994 to 2007.
In those 14 seasons, he earned four Pro Bowl selections, one All-Pro selection and one Comeback Player of the Year Award, and he also won a Super Bowl with the team in his rookie season.
Throughout Young’s career, he recorded 89.5 sacks to make him the No. 1 sack leader in 49ers franchise history.
Young would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022.