Deacon Jones, one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, passed away last night at his home in Southern California. He was 74 years old.
Sources confirm that Jones, a 14-year veteran who played from 1961-1974, died of natural causes.
"Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams. "His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother."
Jones was honored at the Defensive Player of the Year twice and was selected to 8 Pro Bowls, an impressive resume for anyone, let alone a 14th round draft pick.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Later, Jones was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and dubbed Sports Illustrated "Defensive End of the Century."
We send our condolences to his friends, family and loved ones.