In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History, presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back to defensive end Bruce Smith passing Reggie White for the most career sacks in league history.*
Defensive end Bruce Smith tallied the majority of his sacks, and earned the majority of his honors, during his 14 seasons with the Bills.
But, during the twilight of his career, he got all the glory in a Redskins uniform.
Specifically, on Dec. 7, 2003, Smith, in what would be his final season playing in the NFL, sacked Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer to break Reggie White's career sack record of 198 in a 20-7 victory at Giants Stadium.
Smith would finish his career with exactly 200 sacks, the only person to ever reach that plateau.
At his Pro Football Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Smith reflected on that moment in New York with the Redskins in the speech he gave.
"The crowning achievement in my career in terms of statistics occurred when I broke the NFL all-time sack record while playing for the Washington Redskins," Smith said. "This record of 200 sacks sets the benchmarks for all aspiring pass rushers. To Dan Snyder, I will forever treasure the special relationship that you and I forged when you extended the opportunity for me to play for the Washington Redskins, I am honored by your presence here today. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play for a team with such a rich heritage."
By the end of his career, and among many other awards, Smith was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, a 9-time First team All-Pro and a 4-time AFC champion.