Panthers’ Greg Hardy aiming for 50 sacks in 2013

Look out, Michael Strahan.

On Tuesday, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy revealed that his goal in 2013 is to record 50 sacks, which would more than double Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5

“Why shoot low, right?” Hardy said, via “If I’m going to shoot at it, I’m going to shoot at it with a 50 caliber. I’m going to shoot at a little bird with a 50-caliber bullet. That’s the goal for this year, 50 sacks, that’s where I’m at. That’s the goal, 50. You heard it first.”

As a point of reference, Hardy recorded “just” 11 sacks last season, and has 18 over his four-year career. Charles Johnson led the Panthers with 12.5 takedowns in 2012.

Hardy, however, is supremely confident in both himself and Carolina’s defensive line, which now boasts first-round defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and second-round defensive tackle Kawann Short.

“Our D-line is about getting money and not like you all are thinking,” Hardy said. “Just everybody winning. If the tackles are getting it, that means they’ve got to block them now and while they’re blocking them, I’m sneaking in the backdoor and taking everything. It’s the type of situation where we want everybody to win — the young guys, the new guys, the old guys. It was the same way last year. That’s how we got to RG III [Redskins QB Robert Griffin III], that’s how we got to Chicago, all those guys. Just breeding confidence into all of the defensive linemen and letting them know they can win.”

While there’s obviously very little reason to think Hardy will reach his astronomical goal, he deserves credit for even setting the bar that high and instilling belief into his teammates.

Anyone else hoping a certain rival kicker gets wind of these comments?

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Zack Kelberman
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