Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence wants to be 'the best that's ever played this game'

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence has played last 2 years with torn labrum

DeMarcus Lawrence has some high goals set for the remainder of his career.

The Cowboys defensive end revealed that he isn’t looking to just break sack records — he wants to be the ultimate player, period.

“My goal is to be the best that’s ever played this game,” Lawrence said, via “For sure, I want to beat that sack record, make it my own, so he can talk about beating my record. I’m going to just wait until I get to the season and then worry about sacks.”

The sack record Lawrence was referring to belongs to Michael Strahan, who had 22.5 sacks in 2001.

As for the “he” Lawrence mentions? He’s referring to Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who said in the offseason that he wants to beat Bills legend Bruce Smith’s all-time sack record of 200. Miller also said he wants to record more than 20 sacks this season.

Lawrence, 27, had 14 1/2 sacks in 2017 and 10 1/2 last season. His efforts paid off, though, as Lawrence received a massive five-year, $105 million deal this offseason.

However, Lawrence’s ability to reach those records depends on how his shoulder recovers. He had surgery this offseason and admitted he’s not 100% yet.

“The mobility and my strength is coming back naturally,” Lawrence said. “I’m working every day. I’m able to do things. I’m just still limited. Just taking my time. I’ve got time still.

“My main thing is to be ready by Week 1.”

Lawrence is expected to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list, which could delay his goal of being ready by the start of the season.