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Deacon Jones

Dead at 74

6/4/2013 3:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Deacon Jones ... one of the greatest football players in the history of the game -- is dead.

Jones -- a member of the L.A. Rams Fearsome Foursome from 1961 to 1971 -- died at his home in So. Cal. at age 74.

Deacon revolutionized the way defensive ends played the game -- not only creating his famous "head slap" technique, but he's also responsible for the term "sack" because of the way he destroyed quarterbacks.

Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Deacon also dabbled in TV and movies.  He had guest-starring roles on "The Brady Bunch" and "Bewitched."  He was also in the movie, "Heaven Can Wait."

Jones died of natural causes.

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HumanNature    

R.I.P DEACON JONES

471 days ago
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J4X    

Great pic, TMZ. Way to honor his memory.

471 days ago
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Joel    

Way to honor his memory, TMZ. His nickname was "Deacon", not "Decon". And his given name was David.

471 days ago
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I'm Awesome admit it     

R.I.P I wish Roger will the damn NFL really play football like the good old times Brady and Manning would cry if they had to play against Deacon this guy was a monster and I'm a Steelers fan miss when you use to be a to sack a QB with out getting a fine F Roger Godell

471 days ago
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Jim Schranz    

R.I.P. Mr. Jones my football idol growing up. and I am from Chicago !

471 days ago
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EarsuckerDOTcom    

Way to misspell his name, derp

471 days ago
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anony    

He was an all-time great. He made them change the rules.
And he deserves to have his name spelled right.

471 days ago
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Maynardo    

“Anytime you go upside a man’s head, or a woman’s, they have a tendency to blink their eyes”- Deacon Jones

471 days ago
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Dom The Mover    

Excuse me TMZ, go back to gossip and try not, to become a sports analyst! Deacon was #2, the all Time best def end is Reggie White! Douche

471 days ago
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CoolPhosphorescentShimmer    

He also appeared on an episode of "The Odd Couple." Loved that episode. Rest in peace, sir.

471 days ago
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BOHOE    

Sounds like foul play ........

471 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

You forgot to say that the "head slap" that Jones popularized and was copied by so many defensive linemen would lead to hundreds of untreated concussions both detected and undetected - all of them basically ignored for tforty years until it was discovered that so many offensive linemen became mental vegetables or suicides in their 60's.
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I'm not blaming Deacon Jones - he was a great player, I'm blaming the powers that be in the NFL who saw that blood sport sells and damn the human cost.

471 days ago
13.

lbs    

Break'n'BonesJones ....RIP

471 days ago
14.

jerseysrants    

The first and only new story I ever liked by TMZ

471 days ago
15.

David    

Who cares!!!!!

471 days ago
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