Los Angeles Rams Defensive End Deacon Jones closes in on the Baltimore Colts, Johnny Unitas.

#3 All-Time

Deacon Jones*, DE


The Genesis of the "Quarterback Sack"

Prior to1961 when a tackle of an NFL Quarterback occurred behind the  line of scrimmage it was commonly called, “dumping the quarterback.”  After the arrival of David "Deacon" Jones, an unexpected phenomenon at Defensive  End taken with the 186th pick in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Rams in ’61 everything would change.   Deacon coined the term, “sacking the  quarterback” and his perfection and frequency of its execution led all  of us to now unequivocally call it a “quarterback sack.” 


Deacon Jones Redefines "The Sack"

Deacon Jones retired from the NFL after 14 seasons in 1974 having sacked  NFL quarterbacks with what should have been a record-setting 173.5  times. But NFL records show Jones as officially having zero sacks. 

* - Player's career was pre-1982 and the NFL does not recognize these sacks.

Career Highlights

173.5 Career Sacks

Ranked #3 All-Time


Position:  DE

HT/WT:  6-5, 272 lbs

College:  Mississippi Valley State

NFL Draft: 1961/ Round: 14/ Pick 186

NFL Team History:

Los Angeles Rams, 1961-1971

San Diego Chargers, 1972-1973

Washington, 1974


  • 8x Pro Bowl (1964-1970, 1972)
  • 5x First-Team All-Pro (1969-1969)
  • 3x Second-Team All-Pro (1964, 1970, 1972)
  • 2x NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1967, 1968)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1960's All-Decade Team
  • Los Angeles Rams No. 75 Jersey Retired
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1980
  • NFL named annual award for defensive player with the most sacks in a season, The Deacon Jones Award, 2013