David Jones was born December 9, 1938, grew up in Eatonville and graduated from historic Hungerford High School in 1957. Jones will ultimately turn into one of the best and most impactful gamers in the history of NFL. In truth, David "Deacon" Jones modified the recreation.
Selected for the 14th spherical of the 1961 NFL Draft at Mississippi Vocational College, as we speak Mississippi Valley State, Jones has turn into one of the most feared Los Angeles Rams in franchise history , the worst nightmare of a quarterback.
With his peak, power and velocity of 6 toes 5 inches, the defensive facet made a residing by sprinting down the callers, its infinite wingspan was broad, able to conclude tastes like Johnny Unitas or Bart Starr.
A kind of pass-rusher that has by no means been seen earlier than, it’s stated, Jones coined the time period "bag". He actually confirmed the different gamers the way it was executed.
David (Deacon) Jones of the Rams has little Mike Garrett in his possession and the ball flies on a interrupted left sweep by the Chargers in Los Angeles, September 4, 1971. Tackle Merlin Olsen helps Jones on the left. San Diego recovered the fumble and gained the present, 20-14. (Photo AP / David F. Smith) (David F. Smith /)
According to Pro Football Weekly, Eatonville's son completed with 173.5 sacks in his 14-year NFL profession, third behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White.
Nicknamed "the secretary of defense," Jones performed in the NFL from 1961 to 1974, primarily for the Rams, half of the well-known defensive position "Fearsome Foursome" in Los Angeles.
He has performed the final Three seasons of his NFL profession with the Chargers and the Redskins.
When he retired from the recreation, he made 8 Pro Bowls, 5 All-Pro Teams and was twice named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The election to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1980, its first 12 months of eligibility, cemented Jones' legend for his skills on the soccer area.
Former Los Angeles Rams defensive finish Deacon Jones, left, poses together with his bust and a drawing of him in motion after his induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, August 2, 1980. Jones was offered for induction by former Rams head coach George Allen, eight. (Photo AP)
Jones was additionally greater than a soccer participant. He was a defender of civil rights. He was a philanthropist, creating the "Deacon Jones Foundation" which helped deprived youth and their communities. He additionally tried to play and was a businessman.
Jones died on June 3, 2013 at the age of 74 in California. His legacy as one of the greatest and most influential athletes in Central Florida lives on.