On June 3rd the National Football League lost one of the greatest players to ever step foot on the gridiron, defensive end David “Deacon” Jones.
Jones, who finished his illustrious career with the Washington Redskins, is best known for terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and coining the term “sack” during his 14-year career.
Long before 2009 Hall of Fame inductee and former Redskin Bruce Smith notched his record breaking 199th career sack against the New York Giants in 2003, Jones was literally changing the game and making sure that defensive players got their name in the papers as well.
To honor Jones’ career of being a quarterback’s worst nightmare, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will honor each season’s sack king with the Deacon Jones Award at the annual NFL Honors awards extravaganza.
Could a current Redskin bring home the inaugural award?
Over on NFL.com five different personalities, including former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly, weighed in with their thoughts on the matter and none picked a player from the Burgundy and Gold’s defense.
Instead, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Long, J.J. Watt, Jared Allen and Aldon Smith were mentioned.
Orakpo recorded 28.5 sacks in his first three seasons to include a career-high 11 in his rookie year.
Could he smash that in 2013?
With fellow linebackers London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley, and Rob Jackson providing support around him once again and a front three that features two men (Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield) who haven’t missed a game in two years, ‘Rak is returning to a defense that has remained intact over the past few years.
If not the former Texas Longhorn, could it be the 2012 Pro Bowler Kerrigan?
Over the last two seasons, No. 91 has recorded more quarterback takedowns (16) than anyone else on the team.
But, don’t forget a possible wildcard in all of this—rookie Brandon Jenkins.
Before the Redskins snagged the former Florida State star with the 162nd pick in April, he was considered a top-10 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft before deciding to return to Tallahassee last fall.
So Redskins Nation, do you think a Redskin could add to the franchise’s trophy cabinet with the first Deacon Jones Award? If so, let us know who below.
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