When Joey Bosa wrestled Tom Brady to the ground Week 8 in Foxborough, he didn’t just record his 8.5th sack of the season. Number 99 made history, recording the most sacks in NFL history (19) over a player’s first 20 games.
Now, Bosa’s jersey and gloves worn for that fateful sack are proudly on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
To be represented in the Hall of Fame this early in his career is an honor the 22-year-old Bosa doesn’t take lightly.
“It’s pretty awesome to be in there already; I thought I’d have to wait a little bit longer!” he said. “I think it’s further motivation to just keep it going. Ten games from now hopefully we’re talking about how I have the most in 30 games.”
A lot has been said about the start to Bosa’s career. However, Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley best summed how special the defensive end truly has been over the past two seasons during his bye week press conference.
“His athleticism is unbelievable now,” he said. “I’ve not seen a guy his size and weight, and have the athleticism that he has. It’s very, very natural to him. Things come fast. So if (Defensive Line Coach) Giff (Smith’s) teaching him new technique or trying different things, he’ll work on it. He picks it up fast. Not only that, but it becomes second nature One of the things we talk about a lot is run, run, reach (for the ball). That’s been really emphasized this year. And a game or two ago, he ran back and he went for it, and knocked it out of the quarterback’s hand. And he said, ‘I didn’t even think about it. I just did it.’ And I think that’s what unique about Joey. You emphasize something and it becomes natural that fast for him.
“There are a lot of things (that make him special), but football-wise, he’s just unique. He is so structured and such a routine person. I mean, you know before the game he’s going to be out there going through his routine in how he warms up. And I think that just places him in a good mindset. And there could be a group of people over here and they’re talking about something, but his routine is far more important than that. He’s just very structured. He knows what he wants to become and how he wants to help this team, and he’s very driven. I mean, he sees through a straw now. He knows exactly what he wants to get done, and how to do it, and he’s tremendous are far as being coachable.”