Terrell Suggs: How far can he climb up the all-time sacks list?
It’s hard to think that Terrell Suggs wouldn’t be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. He ranks 17th on the all-time sack leader list and he could move up that list in 2018:
Terrell Suggs doesn’t need to pad his resume, but it seems unlikely that he won’t. Suggs is coming off an 11 sack season. The 35-year-old linebacker is in great shape and he looks like he’s got the ability to do this for at least a couple more seasons. Ray Lewis lasted 17 seasons as an inside linebacker that rarely left the field. The Ravens depth at outside linebacker could allow Suggs to stay fresh through the 2018 season. The better the outside linebackers do around him, the fresher Suggs will be for the 2019 season and maybe even beyond that.
The only other active players on the All-time sack leader list is Julius Peppers (38). Peppers has 154.5 sacks, so Suggs would have a hard time catching him. The point is that Peppers is a testament to how pass rushers can last longer than people expect. If Suggs has a great season he could get into the top 10.
Suggs will improve his standing on this list:
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Suggs sits 17th all time in terms of quarterback sacks. He needs 11 sacks to pull in front of Minnesota Vikings great, Jared Allen. This would put him inside the top 10. If Suggs gets in the top 10, you can bet that he will be a Hall of Fame inductee in the future. If Suggs gets close to those 11 sacks, you would have to think he comes back next season. Suggs is a competitor. Being ranked in the top 10 of sacks would have to motivate him.
Suggs probably can’t dream of reaching the top five on this list. To accomplish that he would need 25 more sacks. Suggs may have two more seasons left until father time comes after him. After that he’ll either need to retire or take a very reduced role on the football field. Suggs would need two seasons of 12.5 sacks to reach the top five. It’s technically doable, but it seems very unlikely.
Suggs doesn’t have to set his sights on the top of the list. Bruce Allen has 200 sacks and that record may not be broken in our lifetime. It surely won’t be broken by Suggs.
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The Bottom Line:
If Suggs records one more sack he will pull ahead of Derrick Thomas who is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Suggs should be wearing a gold jacket when it’s all said and done. This season Suggs can make that a certainty by approaching the top 10 on the all-time sack list.