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Deacon Jones- NFL's #1 Pass Rusher
This may be old news but last night I caught the last few minutes of the NFL Network's show naming the top 10 NFL pass rushers of all time. Deacon Jones was named #1 all-time.
This is pretty remarkable because he played in the days when "sacks" (Deacon's own term for what he did to QB's) were not kept track of. Dick Vermeil estimated that he probably had over 225 sacks. Deacon said that in 1967 he had 26 sacks in 14 regular season games and 6 in the post season. In 1968 he had 24 more. So in just a two year span he had 56 sacks. So it's easy to think he had well over the current record (I think it is held by Bruce Smith with 200 or so).
If anyone has more information on this show please share with us. Who were the other nine who were part of the top 10 all time? Were any other Ram players named (Kevin Greene??).
Just wondering. If this is a stale thread please delete.
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NFL's Top 10 kicks off second season on NFL Network
A must see video for Rams fans!
This is the clip from the aforementioned program on NFL Network..
"With NO remorse in my heart I tried to put them in the hospital" David "Deacon" JonesRnD
Re: Deacon Jones- NFL's #1 Pass Rusher"I like to think that, with that approach to the game – attack, attack, attack – I walked out totally unmarked – and I think that that record in itself – 14 years in the pros, and four in college, and three in high school – is 2nd to none. I have no scratches, no marks … and nothing but a bleeding heart." -- David 'Deacon' Jones
Have always loved that quote, especially seeing him grin at the end of it. This great HOF Ram never won a SB -- and that's what I take to be the 'bleeding heart', but he sure did leave a lot of opponents bleeding inside and out! The true prototype of an NFL defensive end.
I still cannot accept, however, that the Rams organization has not retired Deacon's jersey.
BTW, thanks Chris for this Deacon thread -- never old news!
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