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    Roger Goodell announced that starting this year the NFL will present the Deacon Jones Award to the player who registers the most sacks in the NFL during the season. A great honor and a wonderful way to forever memorialize the greatest defensive end ever.

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    Great move by the NFL to honor the greatest pass rusher of all-time, and the man who coined the term, "sack". Here's to seeing a Ram get the first Deacon Jones Award in 2013!

    Deacon Jones Award will honor future NFL sack leaders

    By Chris Wesseling
    Around the League Writer
    Published: June 22, 2013 at 04:19 p.m.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently called the late Deacon Jones an "icon among icons" as a charismatic keeper of the NFL flame.

    Now Goodell has come up with a permanent way to honor Jones, who is credited with coining the term quarterback "sack."

    A person informed of the league's plans tells's Ian Rapoport that the NFL's leader in sacks will receive the Deacon Jones Award beginning in 2013. The award will be among those featured in the nationally televised "NFL Honors" award show the night before the Super Bowl.

    The new award recognizing the NFL's top pass rusher will be announced at Deacon Jones' memorial service in Los Angeles on Saturday, where a letter from Goodell is expected to be read to Deacon's wife, Elizabeth.

    It's a fitting tribute to a legend once described as the inspirational leader of all Hall of Famers.

    According to NFL historian John Turney, Jones recorded at least 20 sacks in four separate seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. Buffalo Bills legend Bruce Smith might be the NFL's all-time sack leader, but Jones will always be the godfather of edge rushers.


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      This is so awesome! I think it will spread the legend of Deacon to fans of other teams and the younger generation who may not be aware of the origin of "the sack".


      • #4
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        Awesome, hope Quinn or Long get their chance at it.

        ♪ R.I.P. Nujabes ♫


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          Originally posted by Fliptalianstallion View Post
          Awesome, hope Quinn or Long get their chance at it.
          Wouldn't that be great! What an incentive for Ram DEs, the 1st year DJ Award. :ram:


          A most deserving honor, THE DEACON JONES AWARD. Yes indeed.

          Below, a sample of memorable Ram moments brought to you by Deacon:
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            stinks they didn't make the award until his death....

            but hopefully a ram will claim the first


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              Hopefully the Rams continue the Deacon Jones honors with a jersey patch or helmet decal this year. It will be disappointing if they don't.

              Breaking out the Jones era white and blue would be an awesome statement as well.


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                Originally posted by R8rh8rmike View Post
                Hopefully the Rams continue the Deacon Jones honors with a jersey patch or helmet decal this year. It will be disappointing if they don't.

                Breaking out the Jones era white and blue would be an awesome statement as well.

                Totally agree.


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                  He was called 'The Sack Artist'. To opposing offenses, Deacon's mere presence meant pressure.

                  A thing of beauty.

                  The new Deacon Jones Award -- what a tribute to the man and an honor to the recipient.
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                    The new Annual Deacon Jones Award,
                    a tribute to the man, an honor to the recipient.

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                      by Rambos
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                      Posted by Michael David Smith on August 23, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

                      Deacon Jones, the Hall of Famer who died in June at the age of 74, will be honored throughout the 2013 season with a helmet decal with his No. 75 that all Rams players will wear.

                      The Rams will also recognize members of Jones’s family at their opener on September 8.

                      “Deacon Jones was a legend who was cherished by generations of NFL fans and players,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said in a statement. “Our team is proud to wear his number on our helmets throughout the season to honor his meaning to this organization.”

                      Jones was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1961 and played 11 years for the franchise. Widely regarded as one of the best players in NFL history, Jones was the first person to use the term “sack” to mean tackling the quarterback; he compared his role in rushing the passer to the role of destroyers sacking a vanquished land....
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                    • AlphaRam
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                    • r8rh8rmike
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                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Rams to retire Deacon Jones' number

                      Associated Press
                      11:18 AM CDT, June 22, 2009

                      ST. LOUIS - Deacon Jones, the Hall-of-Famer who coined the phrase "quarterback sack," will have his number 75 retired this season by the St. Louis Rams.

                      A Rams spokesman said Monday that a specific date for the ceremony honoring Jones will be announced later.

                      Jones played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1961 through 1971 and was part of the "Fearsome Foursome" with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier.

                      Jones had 159.5 sacks as a Ram and 173.5 overall. He reached double digits in sacks seven times and had 20 or more three times. He was NFL defensive player of the year in 1967 and 1960, was voted to nine Pro Bowls, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
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                    • RamWraith
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                      by RamWraith
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                      Deacon Jones - 'Secretary Of Defense' Making A Difference

                      David "Deacon" Jones is a living legend in every sense of the term.

                      Having already become a gridiron great on the football field, Jones has shifted his focus to giving back to young people. He is president and CEO of the Deacon Jones Foundation (, which "is committed to developing young, educated, talented, intelligent, accomplished people who understand their commitment to the inner-city communities from which they come, and have the tools and the desire to return," according to the foundation's Web site.

                      Jones was truly a pioneer during his time, using his speed and toughness to harass quarterbacks from his defensive end position. He revolutionized that position, so much so that he's credited with the term "sack" that today defines the success of defensive linemen. His personal accolades and honors are seemingly never-ending, but perhaps it's his absence in only five games over a 14-year NFL career that best represents how Jones played the game.

                      "I've had a heck of a life," Jones said, laughing.

                      While he could easily sit back and rest on the laurels he achieved as one of the best defensive ends of all-time, Jones has done the opposite since retiring from football. By using his personal story as a man who overcame hardships while living in a low-income area to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jones is an inspiration to those less fortunate.

                      "Coming from a poor, inner-city neighborhood myself, I have an intimate knowledge of all of the problems people face there," Jones said on his Web site. "When kids from the ghetto enter college and the workplace, they don't know a thing about what they hear. And they are never told exactly what their commitment to their own neighborhoods must be."

                      Now approaching age 69, Jones has retired—in a sense. He, of course, doesn't put on the pads and helmet anymore, but hasn't shown many signs of slowing down with his foundation and work in the community.

                      "I retired two years ago from a lot of active stuff but I'm running my foundation and doing a lot of charity work," he said. "I have the Deacon Jones Foundation which is the inner-city scholarship program I run. I have different events all year, so I work those, then I help a lot of the other guys in the league who have programs. I still do some public appearances, but not too many anymore," he continued.

                      Jones, an outspoken and incomparable leader for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, had about as distinguished a career as a player can have. During his best years with the Rams, he garnered a couple nicknames that still stick to this day. Known as the "Secretary...
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                    • ramsanddodgers
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                      by ramsanddodgers
                      Hall of Fame DE Deacon Jones dead at 74
                      Associated PressBy The Associated Press | Associated Press – 17 mins ago

                      David "Deacon" Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, has died. He was 74.

                      The Washington Redskins said Monday night that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California.

                      "Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams. "His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother."

                      Jones was the leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome unit from 1961-71 and then played for San Diego for two seasons before finishing his career with the Redskins in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time squad.

                      Because sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982, Jones' total is uncertain. His impact as a premier pass rusher and team leader is not.

                      Jones made the Pro Bowl every year from 1964-70 and played in eight overall. He combined with fellow Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Landry on the defensive line that, at times, was unblockable.

                      George Allen, who coached the Fearsome Foursome, called Jones the "greatest defensive end of modern football." The Allen family had Jones present George Allen for his Hall of Fame induction in 2002.

                      The Rams' stats show Jones with 159 1-2 sacks for them and 173 1-2 for his career — all unofficial, of course. Jones also was one of the most durable players, missing just five games in his 14 pro seasons.

                      A 14th-round draft pick in 1961 out of Mississippi Valley State, which later produced Jerry Rice, Jones was the first defensive lineman with 100 solo tackles, reaching that mark in 1967.

                      Most recently, he was the CEO of his own foundation, which he began in 1997. He also made several trips to visit troops on active duty in the Middle East.
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