Minnesota Vikings veteran DE Jared Allen came within just one sack of breaking the NFL all-time sack record currently held by former New York Giants DE Michael Strahan. Strahan set the record in 2001 after recording 22 1/2 sacks. Allen, who has recorded double digit sack total for five consecutive seasons, logged 22 last season. Coming so close to setting the record last season has Allen eying the record heading into this season and wants to raise the bar even higher.
When asked this week at Minnesota Vikings minicamp if he believes he can break the record this season, Allen, 30, responded, “Absolutely”. “I think before you get that close, you’re not really sure if it’s attainable. You always think it is, because you think if someone else did it, I can do it.”
Allen went on to tell reporters that he believes a 25-sack season will eventually be recorded in the league.
The defensive end has stayed away from the Vikings voluntary workouts, adhering to his regular routine instead of working out with trainers at his Arizona home. “I have a great team in Arizona. It’s kind of one of those things that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Coach was great. He understood why and he understood that what they do is my mindset,” Allen told reporters.
Heading into his ninth season, Allen has been one of the most prolific pass rushers in recent seasons in the NFL. For his career, he has logged 105 sacks along with 26 forced fumbles. If he can cross the 20-sack total number this season, he will become the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 20 sack seasons.
The Idaho State product has two years remaining on his current contract which see him earn $11.6 million for 2012 and $14.2 million in 2013.