Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers kept it low-key Thursday in expressing a desire to be the first recipient of the Deacon Jones Award which beginning this season will be given annually to the NFL's leader in sacks.
A Hall of Fame defensive end who coined the term "sack" Jones died in June of natural causes. Jones led the Rams' Fearsome Foursome from 1961-71 before playing for San Diego two seasons and finishing with the Redskins in 1974.
"I would love to have it" Peppers said of the award. "I'm not going to sit out here and make any bold predictions or brash statements about what I'm going to do. But yeah I would love to have it."
Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time team. Peppers could be on the way to a similar path having racked up 111.5 career sacks over 170 games which ranks as 18th since 1982 when sacks became an official statistic.