As the Washington Redskins prepare to host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, it seems fitting to look back on the career of Deacon Jones, a longtime Ram who finished his 14-year career with the Redskins and is considered one of the best defensive ends in NFL history.
Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, passed away in summer 2013.
He joined the NFL in 1961, spending 11 seasons in Los Angeles with the Rams before joining the San Diego Chargers for two years. Given the nickname “the Secretary of Defense,” Jones’ most marketable attribute was his pass-rushing, which netted him 173.5 total sacks, a statistic that wasn’t around during his playing days.
During the final season of his career, playing with the Redskins, Jones added another special feature to his impressive resume: an extra point.
The Redskins Blog ran a feature about the improbable kick, when head coach George Allen let his defensive end take a shot at the goalposts. The Redskins were ahead 41-0 against the Chicago Bears and quarterback Joe Theismann, in his first year with the team, held the snap for the Jones, listed as the team’s backup kicker.
Former Virginia senator and governor George Allen recalled the story a few years ago after hearing it from his father.
“In those days the goalposts were at the front of the end zone as opposed to the back,” said Allen. “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].”
Quite the retirement gift.
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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.
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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.
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Former Virginia senator and governor George Allen is the son of the legendary Redskins coach whose name he shares, and brother of current Redskins general manager Bruce. So it’s perhaps not surprising that when he found himself speaking to a conference of the Virginia Association of Realtors yesterday, George Allen had a Redskins anecdote to share — specifically, an anecdote about a previous speaker to the VAR, former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, and Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones. Fortunately someone in attendence had a camera and a YouTube account.
For those of you without 3-plus minutes to spare, here’s Allen’s story. If it were a children’s book, it might be called Deacon Jones Gets His Chance. Or it might not. Anyhow, here’s my transcription of Allen’s story: Read more »
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