Legendary DE Deacon Jones dies at 74

NFL legend David Jones has died at the age of 74.

According to the Associated Press, Deacon, as he was nicknamed, died of natural causes in his southern California home on Monday. Jones was the 14th overall pick of the 1961 NFL Draft and soon became the leader of the iconic fearsome-four of the Rams from 1961-1971. Jones was also selected to the Pro Bowl in six of those ten years.

Deacon Jones, who was known for his uncanny sack ability, is said to have recorded over 160 sacks in his career however many of those were not recorded, as sacks were not an official stat until 1982.

The defensive end retired in 1974 as a member of the Washington Redskins and began a life of acting and philanthropy. Jones guest stared on TV shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and even in the 1978 movie Heaven Can Wait. Then in 1997, Jones started his own charitable foundation and made many visits to troops over seas.

ESPN.com reports that Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, whose father coached Jones, remembered the legend by saying, “Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant.”

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