David "Deacon" Jones brought an entirely
new level of fame to his position by authoring the "sack" term used by
all who tackle quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage, and perfecting
the head-slap technique that was so devastating, the NFL eventually
outlawed it. Always outspoken, Jones lived a boisterous and happy life
throughout his 74 years, but he has passed away of natural causes at his
Southern California home.
— Doug Farrar