Mark Gastineau wants his sack record back and is finally ready to say so.
Former Jet and Sack Exchange member told ESPN that he and his 22 sacks should be recognized as the only sack leader in the NFL, not former Giants star Michael Strahan. The Hall of Famer hit a record 22.5 in 2001 when it fired Brett Favre, many of whom felt that he dared to jump into the play.
"It is my record and I want it to be known that it is my record," Gastineau, who received his grade in 1984, told ESPN. "I'm not going to say," I don't want to hurt anyone. "That is my balance sheet."
The 63-year-old Gastineau had previously been silent about his feelings for the recording – he even showed up in 2001 and congratulated Strahan on the field.
"It is a good record and it took me a long time to get it," said Gastineau. "It took a lot of work, a lot of work to get this record. I worked out my butt for so many years to get it, and I finally got it, and it shouldn't have been cheaper than it was. It's like a tarnished plate. "
Gastineau, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, said he was also encouraged to reclaim his record after hearing an interview with former Red Pete Rose, who has fallen out of favor. Gastineau would not own the record alone. The Vikings Jared Allen (2011) and Justin Houston with the bosses (2014) both had 22 sacks in one season.
Gastineau's frustrations, which he said do not concern Strahan personally, stem from the fact that he wants his brand to be legitimately broken, so there is no longer a question of who the rightful owner is.
"I just want to be recognized for the recording," said Gastineau. "You wouldn't want your son to get a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL and I'm surprised the NFL didn't intervene."
Strahan has said in the past that his record feeling has "decreased" due to what Favre has done, and in 2018 said he'd be happy if someone like Aaron Donald of the Rams broke it.