Houston Texans: All-time leaders in sacks

Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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In their brief history, the Houston Texans have some terrific pass rushers.

Houston Texans, J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have done a great job in their brief history, especially in the last decade or so, of drafting pass rushers that make an impact.

Sacks play such a crucial part of today’s game. Defensive players who can get to the quarterback have to be accounted for by the offenses in their gameplans.

In recent seasons, the Texans have brought in some game-changers; guys who can disrupt and pressure offenses. A few of them made this list!

Houston Texans’ all-time leaders in sacks

Houston Texans all-time leaders in sacks – No. 5:

27.5 Sacks

The Texans plucked Antonio Smith from the free agent pool in 2009, and again in 2016. In his first five-year run with the team he recorded 27 sacks. He added a half-sack in his NFL swan song at the end of his career in his second tenure with the team.

His best two seasons in this category were in 2011 and 2012 when he nothche13.5 sacks. Those years, he also added 55 tackles, 42 of which were solo, and 17 tackles for loss. He got a nod for the Pro Bowl in 2011.

The defensive end played well throughout his career, but he started to flourish when the Texans added a certain high-powered pass rusher in 2011, taking some attention away from Smith.

He left after the 2013 season, returned for one more year in 2016 when he played in 13 games to polish off a solid, if not a particularly spectacular, 13-year career.