In today's installment of my Favorite Underrated (or under-appreciated) Player Series: Jim Jeffcoat, DE 1983-94 (by popular demand) According to the official NFL records, Jim Jeffcoat is the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks with 94.5, but the NFL didn't start keeping sack records until 1982 so he ranks tied with Bob Lilly for 6th according to the "unofficial" sack records kept by the Cowboys. The Cowboys All-Time Sack Leaders are: Harvey Martin - 114 Randy White - 111 "Too Tall" Jones - 106 George Andrie - 97 Jethro Pugh - 95.5 Bob Lilly - 94.5 Jim Jeffcoat - 94.5 (If anyone has some documented backup/corrections for these I would love to see it, I got most of them from Wikipedia so who knows if it is truly accurate. Plus, I'd love to get numbers for playoff games if someone has those.) Jeffcoat was never selected for a Pro-Bowl or named to an All-Pro team, despite double-digit sacks in 5 seasons, but he was an anchor for us at RDE for many years. In many ways, he was the modern version of Jethro Pugh, a great DL who was never given the recognition he deserved even though he put up the numbers. If he would have played in a different era he would have been appreciated more by the league but there were a number of great pass rushing DEs in the NFL during the 80s & 90s: Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Richard Dent, Leslie O'Neal, etc. who were selected ahead of him for those honors. He also played alongside Pro-Bowlers like Randy White, Ed Jones, & Harvey Martin in the first part of his career and Charles Haley later on. Many believed that Jeffcoat benefited from their presence and that he wasn't really as good as his numbers suggested. Jeffcoat ranks 21st all-time in NFL sacks. Again that is the official NFL records and does not count sacks prior to 1982, but still that is compared with hi contemporaries and those who came afterward and should not be discounted. Also, he ranks 15th among DLs in sacks as some of those ahead of him were OLBs like L.Taylor or Kevin Greene. He has more career sacks than: Charles Haley, Dexter Manley, Warren Sapp, Howie Long, or Mark Gastineau but is never thought of as being in their class for some reason. Jeffcoat had 2 career INTs and both were returned for TDs and both were against the Giants! (One in '85 the other in '87). He also scored on 2 fumble recoveries. From 1984-86 he had double-digit sacks all 3 seasons with a high of 14 in '86. That's 37.5 sacks in 3 years! Not too shabby. I remember being upset that Lee Roy Selmon was selected for the PB in 1984 instead of Jeffcoat as I thought Jim had the better season. The same for 1986 when he had 14 sacks but Leonard Marshall was selected ahead of him, mostly because the Giants won the SB that year and the Cowboys missed the playoffs. Ironically, his best season might have been 1989 when we went 1-15. he played great all year and really became an all-time favorite of mine that season. With nothing to play for he played his heart out and never gave up. He had 11.5 sacks and recovered 3 fumbles that year and was the only player on defense who seemed to show any signs of life that season. His effort that year really went a long ways with me. It sucked when he left the Cowboys after the 1994 season and went to Buffalo for 3 years.