Deacon Jones, Creator of Football’s Sack, Dies at 74

Published On June 4, 2013 | By Sarah Kirkpatrick

NFL Hall of Famer David “Deacon” Jones died from natural causes at his home in southern California Monday night. He was 74 years old.

The defensive end was most known for his tenacious tackling of quarterbacks, thereby creating the term “quarterback sack”. Jones was also known as a phenomenal pass rusher and well-respected leader.

He starred in the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” (along with Merlin Olson, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy) from 1961-71 and played with the San Diego Chargers for two years. He finished his career with the Washington Redskins in 1974.

Jones made the Pro Bowl every year from 1964 to 1970 and played in eight total Pro Bowls. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and was selected for the NFL’s 75th anniversary all-time team.

Sacks were not an official statistic until 1982, so it is unclear how many Jones had in his career. Unofficially, the Rams say that Jones had 159.5 sacks with Los Angeles and 173.5 in his career.

After his storied football career, Jones took up some small acting roles, including appearances on Bewitched and The Brady Bunch, and also made multiple trips to the Middle East to visit active military troops.

Here’s a look at how people around the Twittersphere are reacting to the death of a true legend:





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Sarah is a Seattle native studying journalism at Boston University. She covers track and field, cross country and women’s hockey and is Sports Editor at The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kirkpatrick_SJ.