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For Elvis Dumervil, 100 Sacks Will be Another Chapter, Not the Last

Posted Sep 10, 2017

The 49ers pass-rusher is one sack away from another milestone in his illustrious NFL career.

Elvis Dumervil is on the doorstep of joining elite company. The veteran linebacker has 99 career sacks, one shy of becoming the 32nd player in NFL history to reach the century mark. Thirteen of those names are already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Several more are sure to join them in Canton.

The milestone will be a part of Dumervil’s to-do list on Sunday in his debut for the San Francisco 49ers against the Carolina Panthers.

“Of course. You want to reach that milestone. You want to win. You want to dominate,” Dumervil said on Friday. “That’s every game. You want to make sure you put your best foot forward. I’m excited for the opportunity which is all you can ask for.”

Reaching 100 sacks has been on Dumervil’s radar for some time now. It used to be a pipe dream, one with several other plateaus in the way. But the pass-rusher has surpassed every one of those rungs up the ladder to his latest personal achievement. Dumervil has made five Pro Bowls and been named All-Pro twice during his 11-year career. He owns four seasons with double-digit sacks and led the league with 17 in 2009.

Dumervil joined the 49ers at the tail end of the offseason program on June 8. After two seasons marred by injury in 2015-16, he is eager to prove that there is still plenty of good football left in him. Dumervil assured that his 100th sack would not be his last.

“It’s another chapter down,” Dumervil said. “When you’re writing your own story, it’s all about making the next chapter more exciting.”

For all of the individual accolades, Dumervil is yet to hoist football’s ultimate prize – a Lombardi Trophy. He had many suitors this offseason as a free agent which makes the decision to join the 49ers a telling one. At 33-years-young – he’d scoff at the word old – Dumervil wouldn’t join a team he didn’t believe could win.

The veteran has bought in to what John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are building. Much of the focus has been retooling the 49ers pass-rush. San Francisco ranked 19th with just 33 sacks in 2016.

Dumervil sees the potential with returners like Eric Reid, Rashard Robinson and DeForest Buckner as well as fellow newcomers Reuben Foster and Solomon Thomas.

“We are really working hard as a unit. It’s a collective group effort,” Dumervil said. “We have a good scheme and we’ve got good players. When you combine those both, it creates something special. It’s about us going out there and proving it.”

Cam Newton and the Panthers offense provide the first test of the year. Carolina, too, has regrouped following an underwhelming 6-10 season in 2016. Offensive additions of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel add to the challenge of defending Carolina’s versatile offense. 

“They’re very talented and well-coached,” Dumervil said. “We are going to have our hands full. We just have to go out and play Niners football – violent, fast and smart. We are going to let it all out and see what happens.”

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