By now you have probably heard the sad news. The great NFL defensive end Deacon Jones has passed away at the age of 74. Jones died of natural causes Monday night.
Jones rose to fame as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, teaming with Merlin Olsen on the infamous “Fearsome Foursome” front line. Jones became legendary for his quarterback sacking prowess long before the sack was even an official stat. As a matter of fact, Jones himself coined the term “sack.” If it were possible to count all of Jones’ actual sacks, it’s likely he would own the all-time record, but such thorough stats do not exist from his era.
Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He also appeared on the Brady Bunch. Two pretty amazing accomplishments. I looked through the one old Rams-Vikings game I have but couldn’t find a sack. Deacon had a rough time that particular game on the muddy Met Stadium field and never got close to Gary Cuozzo. But I did find this play where he chases down Dave Osborn from behind on a pitch. Gives an idea of his pursuit speed.