Deacon Jones Dies: Sports Legend Dead At 74

Deacon Jones Dies: Sports Legend Dead At 74

Washington Redskins Deacon Jones Dead at 74

Football fans worldwide are mourning the passing of David “Deacon” Jones, the defensive end who gained Hall of Fame status and is credited with coining the term “sack” for the way in which he was able to knock down opposing quarterbacks.

The 74 year old sports legend passed away at his home in Southern California of natural causes.

Jones is best remembered for his membership as one of the Fearsome Foursome playing for the Los Angeles Rams between 1969 and 1971. He continued his football career playing for San Diego prior to joining the Washington Redskins in 1974.

Jones participated in a total of eight Pro Bowls and was considered by legendary coach George Allen to be the “greatest defensive end” that modern football has even known. The unstoppable Jones, who is credited with having almost 175 sacks throughout his career, was absent for only five games throughout his 14 year playing history. His death leaves only one of the Fearsome Foursome still alive, 80-year old Rosey Grier.

The other two of the quartet, Merlin Olson and Lamar Lundy, died in 2010 and 2007 respectively. Jones dabbled in acting in both film and television prior to forming his own charitable foundation in 2007.

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Hall of Fame DE Deacon Jones dead at 74
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