Ryan Kerrigan's two-sack performance in Week 1 earned him the honor of NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. But, that weekly award pales in comparison to the team record he achieved on Sunday.
Picking up his 92nd sack as a member of Washington, the 2011 first-round pick now is the franchise leader in quarterback takedowns. The man he passed, Dexter Manley, congratulated Kerrigan on Tuesday.
"Ryan Kerrigan, he stepped up to the plate. I want to congratulate him," Manley said on "The John Riggins Show."
Manley, who racked up 91 sacks during his nine seasons in Washington, did admit that it is a little hard to say goodbye to his record.
"He’s the sack guy. He’s the king now," Manley said. "I don’t like that too much.”
That admission was a joke in good fun, as Manley has plenty of respect for what Kerrigan has done throughout his career and what the entire defensive line did against the Eagles. He was also able to hold the highest tally in franchise history for over three decades, which is rather impressive.
Now, the question will be what number Kerrigan leaves the record at. Though he's entering his 10th season in the league and has a lower snap count, he clearly showed in Week 1 that he's not slowing down just yet.
However, he may need to add a bunch to his sack total if he wants to hold the top spot for as long as Manley did, because Chase Young and some other young studs along the defensive front will be coming for his crown.