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.
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