Jones, NFL coiner of 'sack the quarterback,' dies at 74

Story highlights

  • NFL's Deacon Jones said he invented the "head slap" and the term "sacking the quarterback"
  • Jones was part of the famous Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome defensive line
  • Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," Jones also played for the Redskins and the Chargers
  • Jones died of natural causes at his Southern California home
There aren't many NFL players who influenced the game like David "Deacon" Jones.
Jones, 74, who died Monday of natural causes his Southern California home, proved himself many times over as arguably the sport's most fearsome defensive lineman.
He invented his own weapon on the field of battle: the head slap.
He created his own statistic on the NFL record books: the quarterback sack.
"I developed a term that is used in the game right now called sacking the quarterback," Jones is quoted on NFL.com. "Sacking a quarterback is just like you devastate a city or you cream a multitude of people. I mean it's just like you put all the offensive players in one bag and I just take a baseball bat and beat on the bag."