Deacon Jones
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"David D. "Deacon" Jones" was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Jones specialized in Quarterback sack/quarterback "sacks", a term which he coined. Nicknamed "the Secretary of Defense", Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever. The Los Angeles Times called Jones "Most Valuable Ram of All Time," and former Redskins head coach George Allen (coach)/George Allen called him the "Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football".

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I think it's exciting for all of us. A lot of us will be on our normal Spring Training assignments, and to watch some [WBC] games would be a good change.

The guy ran the best patterns of any receiver during our period. He was one of the few guys we had that would go across the middle and catch that football. He was tough -- tough as nails.