Michael Strahan isn't the single-season sack leader

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If we look back over the last 20 years, former Giants legend Michael Strahan has held the league single-season sack record (22.5 sacks in 2001).

However, new unofficial statistics have been released from Pro Football Reference. In fact, they say that Strahan may have never actually broken the record. The website has now been able to estimate who had the most sacks from 1962 all the way up until 1982 (which is when the NFL began officially tabulating the statistic).

They found that former Lions Pro Bowler Al "Bubba" Baker hit 23 sacks during his rookie year. He actually won defensive rookie of the year that year (obviously). Technically, these numbers are unofficial, but they have been doing this for a while and have a lot of experience with stats in the NFL dating all the way back to the 1960s.

Baker actually holds all of the Lions' highest single-season sack numbers unofficially... with 16 in 1979, 18 in 1980, and 23 in 1978.

So what do you think should be done about this? Should the record books show that Al "Bubba" Baker actually holds the record? Or should Michael Strahan keep the top spot because it's technically "official?" Even though, Pro Football Reference knows what they are doing and are probably right about this statistic.

It's hard to say, but I know where I stand with it. If you have some level of evidence pointing to Bubba Baker as the sack leader... it should be investigated as much as possible and then shown as such. Sorry, Strahan, we love you, but you aren't the sack leader!

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