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04 Jun 2013

Deacon Jones Passes Away at 74

Hall of Fame end Deacon Jones passed away Monday night at 74 due to natural causes. The link goes to Mike Tanier's obituary for the original sackmaster.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 04 Jun 2013

6 comments, Last at 07 Jun 2013, 6:43pm by BroncosGuyAgain


by Dean :: Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:04pm

It's a shame he played his entire career in the pre ESPN world. Deacon was one part Lawrence Taylor and one part Reggie White. Yet he seems like he's barely remembered.

Jones was strip sacking QBs long before LT made it his move. Likewise, Reggie White's hump move is a direct decendent of Jones's head slap, just modified for the rules of the era.

And before anyone cries "hyperbole," no, it is not. It's a rare man that actually deserves to be mentioned with those two men, and they're not names I drop lightly. Nor are they names dropped just to speak kindly of the recently departed. They're merely his peers. Jones genuinely was That Good.

RIP Deacon.

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 06/04/2013 - 4:51pm

This is an excellent point. Beyond being a pantheon football player, Deacon was graced with the gift of gab, and the 24-hour sports media world would have loved him.

by FrontRunningPhinsFan :: Wed, 06/05/2013 - 2:17pm

I'm far too young to have ever seen him play but I always remember my father talking about him whenever I mention these young whippersnapper DEs who are so good. He said watching him in the NFL was like watching some of these Men-Among- Boys college superstars when they were in college. But he was doing it in the NFL.

When I saw he passed I went to Wikipedia where they have listed his unofficial stats (as most here know sack stats weren't kept during his time). Appparently, not only did he coin the term sack - he would own the record for a season. Twice.
One season he had 26 and another he had 24. And another he had 22.

And those are all during 14 game seasons AND without Brett Favre falling down in front of him. And on top of that they threw fewer passes in those days as well.

It'd be interesting to see a scouting report on him sort of like Matt Waldman (I think?) did recently on Jim Brown.

Fire Jeff Ireland.

by BroncosGuyAgain :: Fri, 06/07/2013 - 6:43pm

I'll go out further on the hyperbole limb.

Best d-lineman ever.

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:59pm

It will be easier to get through the pearly gates today after Deacon head slapped St Pete on his way past.

by Peter B (not verified) :: Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:48am

Glee Club!