Deacon Jones, synonymous with consistency, accomplished more sacks than ever before and rarely missed a game. Records show that out of fourteen seasons, he only missed five games…there is something to be said about that!
Living in Los Angeles, the retired NFL defensive end was a major presence during his ‘glory days’ and even after going in to retirement. David Deacon Jones played for the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, and the Rams. He is best remembered not only for his sack record, attendance record, but also his trash talk! He liked to lay it on thick to the opposing team! Deacon Jones also did a few cameos on shows and movies like “The Brady Bunch.”
David Deacon Jones died on Monday night, June 4th in his Los Angeles home at 74. Deacon Jones passed away from natural causes as how the coroners documented it, which is also listed on his death certificate.
For those that remember the 6’5 foot, 272 pound’s younger days remember that he was a 14th round pick for the Rams back in the1961 draft. Deacon Jones attended South Carolina State. He was spotted by a Rams’ scout who was scouting Jones’ opponent at the time and saw that no one was going to defeat this guy.
He went on to the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams to eventually be known in the league as the ultimate in taking down quarterbacks. He usually played no matter what, sick or hurt, even if his injury was publically known by the opposing team…he never backed down. He unofficially holds the record (to-date) for the most NFL sacks in one season and the most sacks of anyone to ever play after he retired in ‘74. It is an unofficial record because the league did not start keeping record of sacks until he had already been playing for several years.
Named “Defensive End of the Century” by Sports Illustrated in 1999 and prior to that he was voted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
He is a presence that will always have a place in the NFL.