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Elvis Dumervil's sack record was a team effort

12/8/2014

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For however long Elvis Dumervil holds the Baltimore Ravens' season sack mark, you'll only see his name attached to the record. Those who played on this year's Ravens defense know Dumervil's gaudy sack total was a collective effort, including Dumervil himself.

After notching his 16th sack of the season -- breaking Peter Boulware's 13-year-old record with three games remaining-- Dumervil had a thank-you list as long as an Academy Award winner.

Dumervil mentioned Courtney Upshaw, who splits time at outside linebacker and allows Dumervil to stay fresh. He brought up the inside pass rush of Pernell McPhee and the presence of Terrell Suggs on the opposite side, both of whom make it difficult for offenses to double team Dumervil.

"So many people played big parts," Dumervil said. "I'm just grateful to be in a great situation that I'm here to take advantage."

If you thought Dumervil was just being gracious, coach John Harbaugh reiterated that this was not a "one-man show."

"It's because of all of those other guys that are rushing as well," Harbaugh said.

Dumervil broke the record in style Sunday. He became only the fourth player in Ravens history to record at least 3.5 sacks in a game.

This has been one of the Ravens' best free-agent signings. Dumervil now has 25.5 sacks in 28 games with the Ravens.

"Elvis is a great pass rusher. He's a great football player," Harbaugh said. "So for him to get that accomplishment, obviously he's incredible. We're all proud of that."

Beyond the record, Dumervil can accomplish something no Ravens player has ever done -- lead the NFL in sacks. With three weeks left, Dumervil is tied with the Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston for the most sacks in the league.