It wasn’t until the 1982 season that sacks, or previously referred to as “quarterback dumps,” were recorded as official statistics in the NFL. Statistics are shaky at best up until that point. Therefore, many early Green Bay Packers players could, and would, have made this all-time list. The first name that comes to mind is Willie Davis (1960-1969) — he’d be alone atop this all-time list if all of his sacks were counted. It is almost universally accepted by football historians that Davis recorded well over 100 sacks in his career. For reference, in his final five playoff games he, officially, amassed 5.5 sacks. He was that dynamic.
Top 15 in Sacks in Green Bay Packers History:
- 15. Robert Brown DE (1982-1992): 25.5 Sacks
- 14. Za’Darius Smith DE (2019-Present): 26 Sacks*
- 13. Santana Dotson DT (1996-2001): 26 Sacks
- 10. Cullen Jenkins DE (2004-2010): 29 Sacks
- 10. Mike Daniels DT (2012-2018): 29 Sacks
- 9. Nick Perry LB (2012-Present): 32 Sacks
- 9. Vonnie Holliday DE (1998-2002): 32 Sacks
- 8. Bryce Paup LB (1990-1994): 32.5 Sacks
- 7. Tony Bennett DE (1990-1993): 36 Sacks
- 6. Ezra Johnson DE (1977-1987): 41.5 Sacks
- 5. Aaron Kampman DE (2002-2009): 54 Sacks
- 4. Tim Harris LB (1986-1990): 55 Sacks
- 3. Reggie White DE (1993-1998): 68.5 Sacks
- 2. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila DE (2000-2008): 74.5 Sacks
- 1. Clay Matthews LB (2009-Present): 83.5 Sacks
Again, Willie Davis is No. 1 all-time on this list, we just can’t say it officially. Defensive tackle Henry Jordan would also likely be somewhere on this top 10 countdown all-time if sacks were counted in the 1960s. Other players would also be on this list if it was truly an all-time record.
These stats are up-to-date heading into the 2021 regular season.