Legendary defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome Foursome," Deacon Jones passed away yesterday (June 3, 2013). He was 74 years old.
David "Deacon" Jones was born and raised in a little town called Eatonville, Florida. It's just a couple miles north of Orlando. He played high school football for Hungerford Vocational High School where he received a football scholarship to play for the South Carolina State Bulldogs. His college football career consisted of only two seasons. He played the 1958 season for the Bulldogs, sat out the 1959 season before playing on more for Mississippi Vocational College (since renamed Mississippi Valley State) in 1960. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 14th round (186th Player Overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft and went on a Hall of Fame career.
Deacon Jones played 14 NFL seasons and was the cornerstone for the LA Rams defensive line for 11 seasons. He is credited for coining the term "quarterback sack." QB sacks did not become an official NFL statistic until the 1982 (years after his retirement), but individual teams have been keeping records since the 1940's. According to the Rams' media guide, Jones recorded a team-best 159.5 sacks with the franchise and 173.5 in his career, however Pro-Football Weekly credits him with 194.5 career sacks. He unofficially holds the record for the record for most sacks in a season with 26 in 1967 and second most with 24 in 1968. Both were only 14 game seasons.
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