One of the players Ware would pass this year if he gets 11.5 or more sacks is Simeon Rice, whom we all should know found his success in Kiffin’s system. I love dreaming big. If Ware can become the first player in NFL History to put up a 2nd 20 sack season (that’s right no one has ever done it twice) he would move into the top 10 on the all time list. Think of that, the top 10. Mount Olympus would be just ahead. There are 8 Hall of Famers on the career sacks list who are ahead of Ware. I am thrilled to be tracking that. I want to see how many of them he can catch. I want to know if he can actually catch Bruce Smith if he plays long enough. Wouldn’t that be something?
Of course, I also understand that just like Harvey Martin’s unoffical team record, somewhere above Ware is Deacon Jones too. We don’t officially know where he is. Deacon himself said he had 175. I don’t know if that is accurate or not. I do know that if Ware approaches that number I will be thinking about Deacon and what he meant to the game.
That’s the fun of tracking these types of things for me. It gives me some perspective of the impact on the game. Granted in today’s high passing league with softer rules, passing records falling aren’t as gratifying as the workhorse record Emmitt took down, but it is still fun. I would like to see another Dallas Cowboy sitting atop an all time NFL record, and I can’t think of a finer person than Demarcus Ware.
Unless of course that person is Jason Witten. Sometimes I stop and just think about what a privilege it has been for us as Cowboys fans to watch this man’s incredible career. Last year Jason Witten caught and passed Michael Irvin for the most receptions in Cowboys History. I was at that game in Atlanta, Georgia with my wife, a friend and his wife. That night Roddy White also became the Falcons all time receptions leader. Witten also caught and passed Tony Gonzalez’s record for most catches in a single season by a Tight End. He came within 1 reception of tying Michael Irvin’s single season team record of 111. He is remarkable.