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    Interesting story that i think might entertain the group. I consumated a business transaction this week with a former rams player who has asked to me not to reveal his identity. As a result, I cant disclose who it is, but i can tell you this story that i think you will all find interesting.

    i asked him about deacon jones, the allegedly unblockable one himself. He told me that taking nothing away from deacon, who was a fantastic pass rusher, a lot of the legend as to his play as an all around defensive end is hype. Bottom line, the deacon never played the run and he lined up further outside than any defensive end in the league.

    What was the key to deacons success as a pure pass rusher? Merlin Olsen, who was apparantly so quick and strong that he was able to stop the run on one entire side of the defensive line without any help at all from deacon. This freed deacon to focus solely on getting after the passer.

    I would love some input from some of our clanram brothers that watched the team in detail in the mid to late 60's and into the very early 70's on this matter. I would love to see some video tape of the old fearsome foursome, but really all you can get is some highlights, none of the old games from the 60's are available to the best of my knowledge.

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    Re: My call with a former Rams player

    Ok, so I'm guessing it's Rosie Grier or Lamar Lundy?

    Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


    • #3
      Re: My call with a former Rams player

      Originally posted by general counsel
      I consumated a business transaction this week with a former rams player who has asked to me not to reveal his identity.
      I hope this "business" transaction wasn't with Darryl Henley.


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        Re: My call with a former Rams player

        I can assure you mr. bobblehead that the transaction was not consumated with the only currently known incarcerated Ram, Mr. Henley. Rumour has it that Mr. Henley is auditioning for a part in The Longest Yard, part 2.

        general counsel


        • #5
          Re: My call with a former Rams player

          I know that Wendel Tyler has a real estate business out in Palmdale (California).. I saw his adds in the yellow pages! (I realize he didn't play with these guys, but just some FYI).


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            While there are great debates in which to engage regarding our all time greats at various positions, i dont think defensive end is one of them. I believe it is indisputable that our two all time greatest defensive ends were jack youngblood and deacon jones. Deacon potentially qualifies among the five meanest and brutal players in the history of the game (butkus, lambert, maybe ray lewis or LT)

            Other notables over the years would include andy robustelli, larry brink and leonard little, but i think that youngblood and deacon stand alone.

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            general counsel
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            All time great rams team-the two easiest positions to name
            by general counsel
            Back by popular demand, more on my all time rams team.

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            Offensive Tackle- Pace and Slater
            Defensive End- Youngblood and Deacon Jones

            I dont think that there can be any legitimate dispute over those selections as starters. As backups however, there is plenty of food for thought.

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            Ramming speed to all

            general counsel
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          • RamWraith
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            Widely considered one of the most dominating defensive
            linemen in NFL history, David "Deacon" Jones reached
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            Merlin Olsen, Roosevelt Grier and Lamar Lundy.

            The 6-5, 260-pound Jones is credited with adding the
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            NFL began keeping sacks as an official statistic in
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            Jones: Well, you know the business and what makes it
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            and it was all I ever wanted to do my entire life. I
            wanted to be the best, but I had a difficult road to
            hoe. In 1961 when I came into the league, there were
            only a few positions black players could even qualify
            for. There were a lot of obstacles, but I was born
            with a little touch of publicity in me, and a
            businessman I met suggested to me that I needed a
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            Jones. But then one day I just happened to be looking
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            in. Luckily for me, one of the coaches (Harland Svare)
            wanted to build a defensive line. Lamar Lundy was
            already there, and I was the second guy. Then in 1962
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