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    Deacon has to be the BEST Ram player ever. his attitude was always one of TEAM TEAM TEAM.

    I think Marshall Faulk is coming close to that but I am not sure in this modern age of MONEY $$ that one player can show the same attitude that the OLD TIMERS did.


  • #2
    I think there are still players out there who play for the love of the game and it's a real bonus to get paid for playing . BUT football is big business now and the teams treat it like that so why shouldn't the players.

    Okay as fans it's very difficult to imagine that someone wouldn't want to play just for the love of the Rams. But when your average pro career is something like 3 years then it's hardly surprising they want to maximise their income. Especially as the teams show little loyalty to their players in their quest for success and the pursuit of a heathy bottom line. Just ask people like Mike Jones and Keith Lyle what price loyalty.

    Across here in NFLE we see young guys who love playing the game sent across to fill their NFL team's allocation quota only to return injured and get cut. TEAM is a two way street and I can see from the players point of view that Owners and management see it as one way only.


    • #3
      I see you are using Flecher as you avatar. That is one pumped up dude. I think its a shame that Martz and the Rams want him to cool his jets on his fun stuff

      I think London is one of the true cool fun guys to watch.


      • #4
        You know folks, that was one of the things I have enjoyed about the Rams in the last 2 years. I love it when they get in other teams faces ..... ITS GREAT :cool:

        Long may it continue.

        I know some people dont like it and they are very vocal about it but hey ...... :cool:

        Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


        • #5
          Hey Dez, we got opponents in our face for how much? 10 years during the losing seasons?
          Well... now it's our turn
          :clanram: Visit RAMSITALIA The first Rams fanzine in Italy :clanram:


          • #6
            you got that right Masi, ATTITUDE and more of it please :cool:

            Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


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            • RamWraith
              Deacon Jones - 'Secretary Of Defense'
              by RamWraith
              Khalil Garriott

              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...
              -03-16-2007, 05:06 AM
            • RamWraith
              Q&A with former Rams DE Deacon Jones
              by RamWraith
              By Dan Arkush
              Jan. 27, 2005

              Widely considered one of the most dominating defensive
              linemen in NFL history, David "Deacon" Jones reached
              his peak as a member of the Los Angeles Rams' famed
              "Fearsome Foursome" along with fellow Hall of Famer
              Merlin Olsen, Roosevelt Grier and Lamar Lundy.

              The 6-5, 260-pound Jones is credited with adding the
              term "sack" to the NFL lexicon. A nine-time Pro
              Bowler, including seven straight berths with the Rams
              from 1964 to 1970, Jones unofficially recorded a
              team-best 159½ sacks with the Rams and 173½ for his
              career. He had seven seasons with double-digit sacks,
              including an unofficial league-record 26 in 1967 (the
              NFL began keeping sacks as an official statistic in
              1982), and also became the first defensive lineman to
              record 100 solo tackles in a single season.

              Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980,
              Jones played with the Rams from 1961 to '71 and then
              with the Chargers in 1972-73 and Redskins in 1974. He
              was a unanimous All-Pro selection five consecutive
              years and was selected to the NFL's 75th Anniversary
              team in '94.

              PFW: (Longtime L.A. football writer) Bob Oates told me
              you came up with your own nickname. How did you settle
              on the name 'Deacon'?

              Jones: Well, you know the business and what makes it
              tick. I fell in love with football as a little kid,
              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
              nickname. I knew he was right when I looked in the
              L.A. phone book and saw a million guys named David
              Jones. But then one day I just happened to be looking
              at the Rams' press guide and saw the name 'Deacon' Dan
              Towler, who happened to be one helluva fullback. The
              name 'Deacon' just clicked. I just started signing
              everything with that name, and you guys (the media)
              did the rest.

              PFW: Talk about how 'The Fearsome Foursome' came

              Jones: When I came to the Rams, the team had a lot of
              problems. Early on we were getting our brains beaten
              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
              the Rams made one of their best draft picks ever when
              they selected Merlin (Olsen). He was this smart, white
              Phi Beta Kappa guy, but for some reason, he and I hit
              -01-31-2005, 10:32 AM
            • RamWraith
              Hall of Famer Motivates Rams
              by RamWraith
              Saturday, December 15, 2007
              By Brett Grassmuck
              Staff Writer

              After last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Rams were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

              In a disappointing season that has been rocked by injuries, it’s easy to understand if the 3-10 Rams needed a little extra motivation to finish the season strong, especially with three playoff contenders on the schedule to finish out the season.

              Saturday morning, that motivation walked through the front doors of the Russell Training Center in the form of Hall of Fame defensive end David “Deacon” Jones.

              “I’m here because I played eleven years here, and I'm always associated with this team permanently,” Jones, who was invited by head coach Scott Linehan, told the squad. “It doesn’t go away. So you want to see the team do well. I’ve been in this position before myself, and I know once you start losing, that it’s just the opposite of winning. You can get used to losing, too, and then you stop paying attention and wait until next year. It won't change next year if you don’t do something about it this year.”

              Jones is recognized one of the greatest defensive ends to play the game of football. He played 11 seasons for the Rams from 1961 through 1971 and was part of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line along with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy.

              He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility. He was named to the Pro Bowl eight times during his playing days and in 1999 was named Defensive End of the Century by Sports Illustrated.

              Jones and the Fearsome Foursome redefined what it meant to play defensive line in the NFL, specializing in getting after the quarterback. Jones is actually the player that coined the term “sack,” as it was not an official statistic when he played.

              “I named it for the simple reason that there was no name for what we did,” Jones said. “There was no name for tackling the quarterback. You’re not going to get a headline unless you do something that fits the headline. Sack fits the headline.”

              If Jones’ sacks would have been official, he would rank third in NFL history with 173.5 behind Buffalo’s Bruce Smith (200) and Green Bay’s Reggie White (198).

              Jones said naming his craft was all about bringing an identity to the defensive line, a position that is not as glamorous, though just as important, as say a quarterback or a running back.

              He said the term “sack” would provide that identity because it could be worked into newspaper headlines, but the term also came about because of what he visualized when he played.

              “You put all the offensive linemen into a burlap bag and take a baseball bat and beat on the bag,” Jones said. “It all ties together. It gave what we did an identification. We were the least paid people on the payroll...
              -12-16-2007, 09:57 AM
            • RamDez
              Deacon Jones rips St. Louis Rams for not retiring his No. 75
              by RamDez
              By Bill Coats
              St. Louis Post-Dispatch
              In an interview with Jerry Crowe of the Los Angeles Times, Deacon Jones says the fact that his uniform No. 75 has not been retired by the Rams is “asinine.”
              Jones, never one to massage his words, had plenty else to say. Here’s the full story:
              Deacon Jones attacks interviews the way he used to stalk quarterbacks — with abandon, no holds barred.
              Outspoken, opinionated and unwary of offending, the Hall of Famer credited with giving a name to one of football’s signature defensive plays seems to hold cliches and rote answers in the same regard he once did his prey — which is to say, very little.
              Jones’ forte, of course, was sacking quarterbacks, a term he coined to give cachet to the art of tackling passers.
              “You take all the offensive linemen and put them in a burlap bag, and then you take a baseball bat and beat on the bag,” Jones says, explaining the term. “You’re sacking them, you’re bagging them. And that’s what you’re doing with a quarterback.”
              Jones, 70, pulls forward in his chair as he speaks, voice booming to a near-shout as he makes his points. Cigarette in hand, the greatest defensive end in the history of the Los Angeles Rams is seated in the living room of the spacious home he shares with wife Elizabeth in a gated community in Anaheim Hills.
              Of his legendary aversion to opposing quarterbacks, he notes, “You kill the head of the snake, the body dies. He is the rallying point, so you’ve got to create that daily hate” for the quarterback.
              Pro football may never have seen a more ferocious pass rusher than David “Deacon” Jones, a 14th-round pick who turned out to be one of the greatest steals in NFL draft history.
              Relying on footwork, speed and a devastating set of flying hands — his 1996 biography, “Headslap,” was named after his since-banned signature move — Jones struck fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks for 14 seasons with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins from 1961 to 1974. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
              “Unstoppable as a flood, as elusive as a fly in a hot room,” Jim Murray wrote of Jones, who nicknamed himself Deacon after a chance meeting with a Disney executive convinced him that he needed a more distinctive moniker to stand out in a crowd.
              Said Merlin Olsen of his former teammate: “There has never been a better football player than Deacon Jones.”
              Jones doesn’t argue.
              “I came as close to perfection,” the former “Secretary of Defense” says, “as you can possibly get.”
              Except he never won a ring.
              “I did it all but one thing in my football career,” he says, “and that was, win that damn championship. Everything else, I double-timed; it wasn’t even close, OK? But within that structure didn’t come a championship, and I live with that every day. I’ve been in the Hall of Fame [nearly]...
              -04-21-2009, 12:23 PM
            • Chris58
              Deacon Jones- NFL's #1 Pass Rusher
              by Chris58
              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. :ram:

              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.
              -06-04-2008, 04:25 PM