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Chargers: Melvin Ingram is climbing team’s record book

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Melvin Ingram III #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Melvin Ingram III #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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During the Los Angeles Chargers’ 26-11 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Melvin Ingram registered 1.5 sacks of Aaron Rodgers.

With that, Ingram now has 44 sacks for his career with the team. That moves him up to No. 6 on the team’s all-time sack list and though he will likely never get to the top of the team’s sack mountain, he is one of the top defensive players in team history.

The former first-round pick has proven that he can do what he was drafted to do — get to the quarterback — and do it well.

Before we talk about who is in front of Ingram on the team’s all-time sack list, here are a few guys he has already passed.

Billy Ray Smith: 11th on all-time list with 26.5 sacks. Smith played his entire 10-year career with the Chargers and was named to the team’s 50th Anniversary Team.

Chris Mims: 9th on team’s all-time list with 38 sacks. The team’s first-round pick in 1992, Mims had two separate stints with the Chargers. Mims passed away in 2008 in Los Angeles at just 38 years old.

Shawne Merriman: 7th on the team’s all-time sack list with 43.5 sacks. Another former first-round pick, Merriman is the man Ingram passed on Sunday. Merriman was one of the league’s most feared pass rushers during his playing days.

Ingram still has a long way to go to reach the No.1 spot on the list, currently held by Leslie O’Neal with 105.5 sacks. That gives you an idea of how dominant he was during his time with the team. Here is the rest of the top five.

5. Raylee Johnson, 46 sacks

4. Junior Seau, 47 sacks

3. Lee Williams, 65.5 sacks

2. Shaun Phillips, 69.5 sacks

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Ingram could easily get into the top four in team history and maybe make a push to go even higher depending on how his body holds up. He is in his eighth season with the team and will turn 31 years old in April.

For what it’s worth, Joey Bosa is already at No. 10 on the team’s all-time sacks list with 37. He could make a real push to take O’Neal out of the top spot if he continues the level of play he is on for the next five or six seasons.

That will be something to watch for but for now, Ingram’s mark is certainly an impressive one.

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