Greg Hardy projects 50 sacks in 2013, did you hear that?

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Generally speaking, there are some metaphorical similarities between the hunt for an NFL quarterback and the hunt for wild game out in the forest. For example, defensive ends work for hours upon hours for that one chance to hone in on their target and strike, with all the same aggression of a lion.

However, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy probably shot and missed with both his prediction for the 2013 season as well as his hunting metaphor.

After compiling a very respectable 11 sacks a year ago, the former Ole Miss stud told ESPN that he is shooting for 50 — yes 50 — sacks this fall.

But he made a fairly unfortunate (read: bizarre) hunting reference in the process:

“Why shoot low, right? 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.”

We definitely “heard it.” We’re just not exactly sure how to respond, that’s all.

For a few points of reference, chew on these numbers, courtesy of For The Win:

Fifty sacks are exactly 2.22 times more than Michael Strahan’s 2001 record of 22.5 in a single season. If we were to extrapolate that out in some other records across the sporting world …

NFL rushing yards: 4,673

MLB home runs: 162

NBA scoring average: 112

MLB batting average: .901

NFL team win total: 35.52

Obviously, those records are absurd. Hardy sure has his work cut out for him even if he wants to sniff double-digits, let alone 50.

With all that being said, however, we are all for shooting for the stars (no pun intended). So, Mr. Hardy, we’ll be rooting for you.

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