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    An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The St. Louis Rams will retire No. 75, the number of Hall of Fame defensive end David “Deacon” Jones during the team’s regular season home opening game vs. Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 27, the team announced today. Jones played for the Rams from 1961-71.

    Jones, who coined the term “sack the quarterback,” was nicknamed the Secretary of Defense and was widely considered as one of the greatest defensive players to play the game. He recorded a team-best 159.5 sacks with the Rams and 173.5 for his career. He registered 21 sacks during the 1967 season, and reached double-digit sack totals seven times, including three 20-sack seasons.

    Jones became the first defensive lineman to record 100 solo tackles in a single season (1967) and was voted the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year twice (1967, 1968). Jones was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, including seven straight with the Rams (1964-70). He was voted to the NFL’s all-Decade team in the 1960s and was selected to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team in 1994.

    For most of the 1960s, Jones, along with Hall of Fame defensive end Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier, made up the Fearsome Foursome, considered one of the best defensive lines in NFL history.

    Jones was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.


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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Sweet! I hope that means that he'll be on hand! How awesome would it be to get his signature?!

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Wish I could be there for it! I was lucky enough to attend to be able to attend the game when Faulk had his jersey retired though. It was a fairly nice ceremony, former and current teammates would be on the jumbotron and say something about him during TV timeouts. The actual retirement was fairly nice, but they could have rolled the jersey out better (it got stuck a little sideways at one point). I would like Deacon to have a bit nicer ceremony though.

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    For most of the 1960s, Jones, along with Hall of Fame defensive end Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier, made up the Fearsome Foursome, considered one of the best defensive lines in NFL history.
    Merlin Olsen is a Hall of Fame defensive tackle. He played every game for 15 years straight at Defensive Tackle for our Rams. Geesh, after all that, you'd think they could get it right.

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    alright....bonus for the bash.
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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Too bad they aren't wearing the throwbacks that day - it would be awesome to see the old blue & yellow jerseys on the field.

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Deacon was the single biggest bad ass ever to wear the horns. No question about it. Other nominees: Riley Rattlesnake Matheson, Night Train Lane and Dennis Harrah.

    ramming speed to all

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Agree about Deacon, but .... no Youngblood on that list? Just sayin' .....

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    Re: An extra for those who go to the bash - #75 retirement!

    Youngblood would be at the top of the list of toughest rams, not necessarily meanest or "bad ass" rams.

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