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Rams to honor Deacon Jones with helmet decal

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Deacon Jones, the Hall of Famer who died in June at the age of 74, will be honored throughout the 2013 season with a helmet decal with his No. 75 that all Rams players will wear.

The Rams will also recognize members of Jones’s family at their opener on September 8.

“Deacon Jones was a legend who was cherished by generations of NFL fans and players,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said in a statement. “Our team is proud to wear his number on our helmets throughout the season to honor his meaning to this organization.”

Jones was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1961 and played 11 years for the franchise. Widely regarded as one of the best players in NFL history, Jones was the first person to use the term “sack” to mean tackling the quarterback; he compared his role in rushing the passer to the role of destroyers sacking a vanquished land.

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15 Responses to “Rams to honor Deacon Jones with helmet decal”
  1. ninthwardfriend says: Aug 23, 2013 6:34 PM

    Had a chance to meet the legend. Good that the Ram’s are paying respect to A true trailblazer….

  2. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 23, 2013 6:35 PM

    It still blows me away that it took 35 years for this organization to retire his number, and then only after he complained about it.

    Why’d they have to wait until his death to treat him with the respect he deserved.

  3. duncanthecat says: Aug 23, 2013 6:40 PM

    God bless. Great teammate.

  4. thegonz13 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:43 PM

    And the NFL will fine the Rams because the sticker is against the uniform rules…

  5. boogymanoflamancha says: Aug 23, 2013 6:49 PM

    Should have a pic of a hand on it also…to honor the king of the head slap, great player.

  6. billhicks666 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:59 PM

    duncanthecat says:

    “God bless. Great teammate.”

    Oh really? Did you play with Mr. Jones?

    Seriously, how many career sacks would Deacon Jones have had if they had been compiling sack numbers throughout his career? I think it’s safe to say he would still own the record. The man was an absolute beast at rushing the QB!

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 23, 2013 7:14 PM

    I wonder if 75 was Deacon’s lucky number?

  8. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 23, 2013 7:16 PM

    Being “honored” by the Rams is an insult.

  9. dtlb58 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:32 PM

    They should leave it on Forever!

  10. waggie21 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:38 PM

    Deacon never wore that logo, seems a bit odd.

  11. hkdaddyo says: Aug 23, 2013 10:13 PM

    They should just put a big hand on the side of the helmets.

  12. godofwine330 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:16 PM

    It is a good show for a great player. I’d give anything to know exactly how many sacks he had in his career or at least in a season.

  13. 8man says: Aug 23, 2013 10:54 PM

    It’s the right thing to do. So many players get lost when teams move. It’s not a city history it’s a franchise history, built by players and former owners. Now roll out the white and blue unis in a game.

  14. fdugrad says: Aug 23, 2013 11:29 PM

    rhabdodontidae: Well said. I couldn’t agree more. It kind of reminds me of The Bears who haven’t retired Mike Ditka’s number yet. A poster on PFT recently told me the are finally going to do it this December. Both of these omissions regarding HUGE stars for the respective organizations are absurd.

  15. fballguy says: Aug 24, 2013 12:26 AM

    Love the idea…Why is the St. Louis Rams logo obstructing his number?

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