NFL great David “Deacon” Jones passed away Monday evening at the age of 74.
The Hall of Fame defensive end, nicknamed the Secretary of Defense, is well known for having been one of the innovators of the statistical recording of sacks. He first helped to coin the phrase and term, as well as recorded quite a few before they were even recorded. Unofficially, he holds two league record for sacks in a season with 26 in 1967 and 24 in 1968.
Jones was a member of the Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome defensive line. A 14th-round draft pick for the Rams in 1961, Jones’ career accomplishments include eight Pro Bowl selections, five All-Pro teams, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and a nod on the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. His No. 75 also is retired by the St. Louis Rams franchise.
During his NFL career, Jones spent time with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins.
Jones is survived by his wife and step-son.