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Old 04-22-2009   #1
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Of his legendary aversion to opposing quarterbacks, he notes, "You kill the head of the snake, the body dies. He is the rallying point, so you've got to create that daily hate" for the quarterback.

Pro football may never have seen a more ferocious pass rusher than David "Deacon" Jones, a 14th-round pick who turned out to be one of the greatest steals in NFL draft history.

Relying on footwork, speed and a devastating set of flying hands -- his 1996 biography, "Headslap," was named after his since-banned signature move -- Jones struck fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks for 14 seasons with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins from 1961 to 1974. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

"Unstoppable as a flood, as elusive as a fly in a hot room," Jim Murray wrote of Jones, who nicknamed himself Deacon after a chance meeting with a Disney executive convinced him that he needed a more distinctive moniker to stand out in a crowd.

Said Merlin Olsen of his former teammate: "There has never been a better football player than Deacon Jones."...

...Though Jones was one of three defensive ends named to the NFL's 75th-anniversary all-time team in 1994, his No. 75 has not been retired by the Rams, a decision he calls "asinine."
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Default Re: Deacon Jones Rips Rams for not Retiring 75

This man is the reason sacks are an official statistic.........

Give him due credit.
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Default Re: Deacon Jones Rips Rams for not Retiring 75

Interesting. I thought it was, but not so.
The Rams retired numbers are:
7-----Bob Waterfeild
29----Eric Dickerson
74----Merlin Olsen
78----Jackie Slater
85----Jack Youngblood

Chicago has the most with 13.
Oakland, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the Texans have none.
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Default Re: Deacon Jones Rips Rams for not Retiring 75

so the Cowboys in the "Ring of Honour" do not have their numbers retired? Strange.
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Default Re: Deacon Jones Rips Rams for not Retiring 75

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Interesting. I thought it was, but not so.
The Rams retired numbers are:
7-----Bob Waterfeild
29----Eric Dickerson
74----Merlin Olsen
78----Jackie Slater
85----Jack Youngblood

Chicago has the most with 13.
Oakland, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the Texans have none.
80 & 90 will be gone in 2 decades
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Default Re: Deacon Jones Rips Rams for not Retiring 75

This is pretty damn surprising. Why would they not retire his number? The guy is one of the best players of all time. He reinvented his position! At the very least, the Rams should retire his number.
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