R.I.P. Deacon Jones, the defensive lineman who had a way with words

June 5, 2013

“Blue is the violet, and red is the rose, and if you don’t believe me, I’m going to break your nose.”

 

 

Deacon Jones winking at his own tough guy image in a classic late-’70s Miller Lite commercial. The NFL Hall of Famer — part of the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” before he joined the Redskins — was one of the first defensive linemen to cross over in mainstream celebrity culture, thanks to his quick wit and colorful style. (“When I first came up, defensive linemen were dull as hell. Some were great performers, but nobody knew who they were. I set out to change that.”) He is said to have coined the verb “sack,” to describe what he did to quarterbacks, though another signature move – slapping offensive linemen’s heads — was later banned by the league. He died Monday at 74 and left behind an interesting obituary: Deacon Jones, Hall of Fame NFL player, dies

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