According to the Washington Redskins, legendary defensive end David “Deacon” Jones passed away at the age of 74.
The #Redskins have learned via EVP/GM Bruce Allen that @profootballhof David “Deacon” Jones has passed away from natural causes. He was 74.
— Redskins (@Redskins) June 4, 2013
Jones started out at the South Carolina State University, before he transferred to play at Mississippi Valley State University. Jones would be selected 186th overall in the 1961 draft by the then Los Angeles Rams.
He would go on to carve out a legacy as one of the best defensive players to ever grace the gridiron. Playing for the Rams, Chargers and the Redskins, Jones would rack up 173.5 sacks in 190 games played.
Jones has a list of feats that could put most players Wikipedia pages to shame, but no honor greater then being a first ballot Hall of Famer. Jones was a great defensive player and from the sound of things an even great man, I’m sure he will be missed.
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