(Long Island, NY) Deacon Jones, former defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams passed away Monday night. Jones passed due to natural causes in his Anaheim Hills residence. Greg Pinto, Jones’ step son has confirmed his passing.
Deacon Jones has been an NFL legend since his inception to the Los Angeles Rams in 1961. His football career spanned 10 years and he has been an influential part of the NFL ever since.
He was not only top All-star, but he also contributed to the NFL in numerous ways. Jones coined the term “sack” , which is used to describe when the quarterback is tackled before he can throw the ball.
Weighing in at 272 pounds he was said to “eat quarterbacks for a living”. Jones named himself “Deacon” as he felt that there were too many people named Jones out there. Deacon truly made a name for himself and made sure that no one would confuse him with another player.
Deacon Jones was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of fame in 1980 as he was the NFL’s top defensive player in 1967 to 1968. “There has never been a better football player”, were the words of former teammate Merlin Olsen and were shared before his own passing in 2010.
Jones also created an inner-city youth benefit foundation. This foundation offered mentoring opportunities and scholarship programs. This program offers help to underprivileged youths to better themselves. With his passing, Deacon Jones leaves behind his step-son, Greg Pinto, wife, Elizabeth and grandson.
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