NFL legend Deacon Jones passed away of natural causes yesterday. He was 74.
Jones spent the majority of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams where along with Rosey Grier, Merlin Olsen and Lamar Lundy comprised “The Fearsome Foursome”. With Jones’ passing, Grier is the only surviving member of this quartet.
Nicknamed the “Secretary of Defense”, he revolutionized the position of defensive end and even coined the term “sack”.
Jones also played with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. Selected to eight Pro Bowl teams, Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Apart from football, Jones partook in numerous business and charitable ventures. He even dabbled in music. Jones’ vocals can be heard in the classic War song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”