Last Sunday afternoon, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter tied the record for most sacks by an NFL player before the age of 25. This Sunday, in the Vikings’ 38-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium, he took it all for himself.
Hunter collected a sack of Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory, giving him 46 for his career. That gives him more quarterback sacks before the age of 25 than any player in NFL history, breaking the tie he had been in with current Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end Robert Quinn.
What might be the most amazing part of the record is that Hunter, a third-round pick of the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft, got off to such a fast start with limited playing time. In his first two seasons, he collected a total of 18.5 sacks despite starting just one of the thirty games he played in during those two seasons. He collected 12.5 sacks in 2016, his second year in the NFL, despite not starting any games at all that year.
Hunter took over as the full-time starter at defensive end before the 2017 season, and in those three seasons has racked up 27.5 sacks, including six so far this season.
Kudos to Danielle Hunter on picking up a significant NFL record for himself today, and kudos to Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson for transforming Hunter into the monster he has been during his first four-plus NFL seasons.