Houston Texans: All-time leaders in sacks

Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans, Mario Williams
Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans. Mario Williams. 2. player. 10. . 2006-2011

Houston Texans all-time leaders in sacks – No. 2: Mario Williams

53 Sacks

In the 2006 NFL draft, the Texans selected Mario Williams number one overall, passing on some flashier names such as Vince Young, Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart. It turned out to be a wise move as Williams was named to four Pro Bowls in his career while the three more prominent names combined for none.

Of course, Williams did not play his whole career in Houston, but his six years with the Texans were pretty darn good. He averaged nearly nine sacks a year, had over 30 solo tackles per season, and wracked up over 15 hits on the quarterback per campaign. He also forced 11 fumbles while in Houston.

He was named to two Pro Bowl playing for the Texans in 2008 and 2009. He was also named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice.

Unfortunately, Williams moved on in free agency after the 2011 season. He had three more very productive seasons with the Bills, including two more Pro Bowls and an All-Pro nod. His career tapered off quickly after that. He played in both 2015 and 2016 but recorded only 6.5 and 32 total tackles.

His six years for Houston were very productive, and he is second all-time in sacks for the franchise.