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http://www.redskins.com/story.asp?ContentID=11780

Defensive End Bruce Smith Ready for Record-Breaking Year

07/25/2003

Ashburn, VA – Washington Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith returns to the practice fields Monday morning to start final preparation for his 19th NFL season. The future Hall of Famer needs just 3.5 sacks to break the all-time NFL record, currently held by former Philadelphia and Green Bay defensive end Reggie White with 198.0 sacks. Smith presently has 195.0 sacks, accumulated over 18 years in the NFL, playing 15 years with the Buffalo Bills before joining the Redskins in 2000.

A few of the many highlights of Bruce Smith’s career to date:

Considered one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history, Smith is known as a fierce pass rusher and veteran leader.

As a rookie in 1985, Smith led Buffalo in sacks (6.5) and was named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

He has sacked 71 different quarterbacks during his career, adding Texans QB David Carr and Tennessee QB Steve McNair to his list in 2002.

He has recorded a sack against every NFL team except Baltimore, Buffalo and San Diego.

Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl roster 11 years out of his 18-year career, including a run from 1992-98. He has also been a perennial All-Pro, named from 1990-98.

In his first year with the Redskins in 2000, he posted 10 sacks, setting an NFL record for the most double-digit sack seasons with 13 – 12 with Buffalo, one with Washington.

He has been named Defensive Player of the Year twice (1990 and 1996). He has been named Player of the Week nine times, the most among active players.

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Smith doesn't have the same roots in the community nor the Super Bowl wins but his longevity and productivity go hat and glove with those of #28, who retired last year.

Both of these guys are first ballot hall of famers and if anyone votes against their entry into the HOF should be stripped of their vote in future years :D

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I would dearly LOVE to see him get 4 and break the record against the Jets but if not the Jets then the Giants, at home would be the next best thing. I know Atlanta is the 2nd game but I don't see a 40 year old Bruce chasing down Michael Vick.

Any predictions about which QB will be the record victim?

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you aren't taking into consideration the psychology. the record carries with it some momentum if approached the right way by Smith and Edwards. Upshaw should get the bulk of the snaps at DE based on where the two men are in their careers, however, pass rush specialists such as Fred Dean and Richard Dent towards the end of their careers were able to put up very good sack numbers in limited action.

It isn't the amount of reps Smith gets but the QUALITY of those reps, ie the down and distance for the offense, that determines what his numbers will look like.

If the Skins D plays the run as well as I think they will in 2003 offenses are going to face a lot of third and 8's and that is going to play into the hands of Mr. Smith :D

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