Deacon Jones was one of the most feared players in the NFL in his day, as part of the "Fearsome Foursome" for the Los Angeles Rams. His nickname was "The Secretary of Defense," and he's credited with inventing the sack, a stat now synonymous with great defensive linemen.
Jones has passed away at age 74, leaving behind a legacy as an incredible football player and an incredible person after his career was over. He died of natural causes.
Redskins GM Bruce Allen, son of Jones' former coach George Allen, had this to say about Jones:
Former teammate and fellow HOFer Jack Youngblood:
George Allen called Jones the greatest defensive end of modern football.
Rams defensive end Chris Long:
RIP Deacon Jones, and best wishes to his family, who have lost one of the truly amazing people in NFL history.