Deacon Jones: NFL Star Dead At 74

Tue, June 4, 2013 11:09am EDT by 1 Comment
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One of the greatest football players of all time has sadly passed away.

Deacon Jones, once called the greatest defensive end of modern football, died of natural causes on June 3 in his south Californian home. He was 74-years-old. He played for the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the most recently Washington Redskins.

Deacon Jones’ Legacy

Deacon leaves behind his wife Elizabeth in his death. They had no children.

Deacon is one of the most famous footballers of all time, and he was considered by many to revolutionize the position of defensive end, while coining the term “sack.”

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, and leaves behind a very impressive legacy.

Deacon Jones’ Fearsome Foursome

Just like The Beatles, Deacon was one member of a very important foursome: the LA Rams Fearsome Foursome.

Along with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy, Deacon former a defense line that was sometimes unblockable. Rosey, 80, is the only surviving member of the Fearsome Foursome.

“Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant,” said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen to USA Today. “His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother.”

Our thoughts go out to Deacon’s wife and family.

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