Hall of Famer David "Deacon" Jones dies at 74

10:10 AM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
David "Deacon" Jones on Radio Row during 2012's Super Bowl week. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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(Sports Network) - Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones has died at the age of 74 from natural causes.

Jones, considered one of the top defensive players of all-time, spent his first 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and tallied a team-best 159 1/2 sacks with the franchise. He appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and eight overall.

He played his final season in 1974 with the Washington Redskins, concluding a 14-year career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

A storied member of one of the most famous defensive lines in football, Jones played alongside Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form what is better known as "The Fearsome Foursome".

He had seven seasons with double-digit sack totals for the Rams and amassed 173 1/2 for his career. He also became the first defensive lineman to post 100 solo tackles in a season during the 1967 campaign.

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