David “Deacon” Jones, the original sack master has passed on, according to the Washington Redskins an American football team. Jones died of natural causes in his southern California home Monday night. Jones died at the age of 74. The “sackmaster” is a name giving to Jones because of the way he knocked down quarterbacks in his years of playing football.
“He was an icon among the icons. Even with his fellow Hall of Famers, Deacon Jones held a special status,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, according to Usatoday.com. He was a hard-charging football player and the original sack artist who coined the term. “He is warmly regarded by his peers not only as one of the greatest players in NFL history but also for his tremendous influence and sense of humor.”
Jones was born on Dec 9, 1938 in Eatonville, Fla. From 1961-71 Jones was the leader of the Rams’ Fearsome Foursome unit and for two seasons played for San Diego before ending his career with the Redskins in 1974. Jones was inducted into the Pro- Football in 1980 and made the league’s 75th anniversary all-time squad, according to Espn.go.com.
Each year from 1964-70 Jones made the Pro-ball and participated in eight overall. Jones was connected with Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy on a defensive line. The only surviving member of Fearsome Foursome is 80-year-old Grier. Lundy died in Feb. 2007 at the age of 71 and Olsen died in March 2010 at the age of 69.
Once the Fearsome Foursome coach, George Allen labeled Jones to be the “greatest defensive end of modern football,” according to Washington.cbslocal.com George Allen presented Jones with his Hall of Fame induction in 2002.
Jones being one of the most stable players, he only missed five out of his 14 pro seasons. According to Washington.cbslocal.com , the Rams’ stats display Jones with 159 1/2 sacks for them and 173 1/2 for his football career.
The original sackmatser also had experience in other fields outside of football. Jones was not a stranger to television, starring in shows like “The Brady Bunch” and “The odd couple.” He also served as a color analyst on KMPC radio in 1994. Jones experienced a diversity of different career fields.
“In this day and age, the term ‘great’ is often overused, but it only begins to describe Deacon Jones as a player and person. His combination of God-given talent and relentless effort made him one of the greatest players to ever put on an NFL uniform. His spirit, laughter and gentle nature off the field made him a friend to all. Deacon was a legend in every sense of the word, and he’ll truly be missed by the Rams, our fans and the NFL community. Our prayers are with Deacon’s wife Elizabeth on this sad day,” Kevin Demoff said the Rams executive vice president of football operations, according to espn.go.com.
David “Deacon” Jones left a legacy behind him that is being recognized. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jones survivors are his wife Elizabeth and stepson Greg Pinto.
A sad reality has hit home but Jones lived a successful career. “His presence was so large both on and off the field. He was beloved across the league, he is widely respected .He is one of the pioneers and he is one of the reasons the league is what it is today,” Adam Shfter said, American sports writer and television analyst on the NFL Insider for ESPN.