Jared Allen has come close to breaking the single season sack record. In 2011 he finished with 22 sacks, a half a sack behind Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 sacks. The Minnesota Vikings defensive end feels that the record is ‘absolutely reachable’ and that he’ll make another run at it.
“I don’t buy into ’30 and you’re old,’” said Allen, via USA Today. “…But I do feel like I’m back there. I feel that’s where I’m at mentally, physically, and I feel like we have a team that can even make it better.”
Allen has his sites set solely on the single season mark and isn’t even considering the Bruce Smith’s 200 career sacks mark. In the NFL today players get forced into retirement at times to make room for younger improving talent. The Chicago Bears cut ties to Brian Urlacher just recently before he was ready and he reluctantly retired.
Allen won’t have to go that route, when that person comes along he says he’d gladly step aside.
“You’ve got to average 10 sacks a year for 20 years or you’ve got to average like 15 for (13 or 14 years). The numbers are tough,” Allen said. “When I get to that point in my career to where they’re like, ‘Well, we think someone else can do it better every single down,’ I’ll graciously step aside, enjoy my family and raise kids.”