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NFL Legend "Deacon" Jones dead at 74

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The NFL lost one of its greatest pass rushers of all time. 

David "Deacon" Jones died in his southern California home of natural causes Tuesday morning. 

Jones is considered one of the best defensive lineman in NFL history.

"Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams. "His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother."

Jones' unofficial 173 1/2 sacks would rank for the third most in NFL history. He was inducted to the NFL hall of fame in 2002. 

 

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