Rams to honor Deacon Jones with helmet decal

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.