On Monday, NFL Hall of Famer and former Washington Redskin David “Deacon” Jones passed away at the age of 74.
While Jones will mostly be remembered for his contributions to coining the term “sack” and eventually forcing the NFL to make it an official stat (maybe by telling them he’d take them down too), his contributions to the game extended well beyond smacking quarterbacks around at will.
Jones bullied offensive lineman to the tune of 173.5 sacks, but what few will point out from the 6-5, 272 pound lineman’s playing days is his flawless extra point percentage.
A few years ago Matt Terl posted a story on the blog about George Allen’s recollection of his father’s decision to allow Jones to line up for the one pointer.
“Deacon Jones in his very last game with the Washington Redskins — my father traded for him; you know, he played mostly with the L.A. Rams — so the final game, they’re beating the Chicago Bears. This is in 1974, Joe Theismann’s first year with the Redskins. And Deacon was always a backup kicker. So they’re ahead 35-nothing, he goes to my father and says, ‘Look, Coach. This is probably my last year. I don’t know how many more I’m gonna have. If we score again, can I kick the extra point?’”
So with only a few minutes left in the drubbing, running back Charlie Evans pounded the pigskin into the end zone for a one yard touchdown. All that was left for the Redskins in putting the finishing touches on the team’s fourth straight playoff appearance was an extra point.
With Mark Moseley not taking kicks since the Cowboys game two weeks prior, punter Mike Bragg had taken over kicking duties.
Bragg didn’t take the field, though. Jones did.
With Sonny Jurgensen fearing that Jones unrefined kicking skills might take his hand off, Allen deflected holding duties to the rookie in the group–Theismann.
“The snap went back, Theismann put the ball down — Deacon didn’t kick him — the kick hit one upright, ricocheted into the other, and went in. Double bankshot, the goalposts are going [back and forth].”
An interesting end to the NFL career of the original sack king.
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