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So What If He Didn’t Use His First Name

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 5, 2013 – 10:12 am

(AP Images)

(AP Images)

When David Jones decided to retire from the NFL after a sack-filled 14-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, his name would eventually find its way to Canton, Ohio—home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame of course.

One problem—you might get an odd look on the face of a staff member working at the Hall of Fame if you ask for David Jones.

Request his nickname instead—Deacon.

It is after all the single greatest nickname in league history.

According to Adam Rank’s (no pun intended) rankings of the top-19 nicknames in league history, Deacon Jones is the best.

Here’s a simple explanation as to why:

Somebody once asked Mr. Jones why he was referred to as “Deacon” and he simply said “nobody would ever be afraid of David Jones.” While that sentiment remains debatable, there is no doubt Deacon Jones is the greatest nickname ever.

I’d be scared of anyone coming at me swatting at my head.

Jones isn’t the only Burgundy and Golder on the list as it wouldn’t seem right to have an all-time great list without the first superstar in league history—Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.

Rank knows his Redskins history, believing that his nickname leaves part of his multifaceted skillset out.

Call me a fan of alliteration. This just sums up Baugh perfectly, but it also kind of short-sells him too because he was a fantastic punter.

Unfortunately The Hogs couldn’t count as one this time.


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