Of All the NFL Records Out There, This Is One Tom Brady Wouldn’t Want to Break In 2021

Published 07/19/2021, 8:16 AM EDT
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady is no stranger to breaking records. Be it holding the record for most playoff wins, Super Bowl wins or most game-winning drives, the list of Brady’s records goes on and on. 

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And after renewing his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one more season, Brady has multiple more records in reach. He is most likely to overtake former New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees for the all-time NFL record for passing yards and touchdowns. 

But apart from these illustrious records within Tom Brady’s reach, there is one that he wouldn’t be too keen on breaking anytime soon. 

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Tom Brady could become sack king of NFL 

While Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to run it back in 2021, there is a rather unwanted record that the QB could soon break. 

Former Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brett Favre currently holds the distinction of being the most sacked QB in NFL history. 

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Sacked 525 times through the course of his career, the Packers QB is the current sack king of the NFL. But Tom Brady is agonizingly close to breaking that record. 

So far, Brady has been sacked 521 times in his career. Just four short of breaking Favre’s all-time record. And going by the law of averages, Brady could break the all-time sack record by Week 4 itself. 

Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) under center against the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs took on the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brady was sacked 21 times last season through the course of 16 regular-season games. Averaging more than a sack a game, Week 4 is likely to be the week when Brady breaks the record. 

And Week 4 will have some added significance for Brady as well. After all, it’s the time Tom Brady returns to Foxborough to take on his former side, the New England Patriots

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Close on Brady’s heel is Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. The two-time Super Bowl champion has been sacked 516 times. Just five lesser than Brady.

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And given how the Steelers crumbled in the later stages of the season, it looks like Roethlisberger could be the saving grace for Tom Brady. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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