David "Deacon" Jones on Radio Row during 2012's Super Bowl week. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
(Sports Network) - Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones has died
at the age of 74 from natural causes.
Jones, considered one of the top defensive players of all-time, spent his
first 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and tallied a team-best 159 1/2
sacks with the franchise. He appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and eight
He played his final season in 1974 with the Washington Redskins, concluding a
14-year career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
A storied member of one of the most famous defensive lines in football, Jones
played alongside Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form what is
better known as "The Fearsome Foursome".
He had seven seasons with double-digit sack totals for the Rams and amassed
173 1/2 for his career. He also became the first defensive lineman to post 100
solo tackles in a season during the 1967 campaign.
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