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Friday, February 4, 2011
Audio: Deacon Jones still bringing it strong

By Mike Sando

DALLAS -- Hall of Famers Mike Haynes and Deacon Jones offered some intriguing ideas and insights about the modern NFL game and ways to improve it.

Forget about that.

Jones, who played tough during his career with the Los Angeles Rams, still talks an entertaining game. XTRA910 radio in Phoenix has the audio. I'll pass along a few highlights from his exchange with co-host Mike Jurecki. Buckle your chinstraps.

Jurecki: Who was the toughest guy you ever played against?

Jones: My ex-wife. Look, I didn't get a scratch in the game. I got my original knees, back, neck. I ain't run into no tough guy.

Jurecki: No one?

Jones: Well, look at my body. You don't see no scars on me. What do you call tough?

Jurecki: Someone you knew going into that game, 'I had my work cut out for the next three hours?'

Jones: If you ain't sent but one man, there's going to be a casualty that day. No, I'm not a guy you send one man against. I'm a hitman. I come to hurt people. I wouldn't advise that. I come to hurt you. Me and the commissioner would talk the same language, man. I come to take you out. OK, now, I don't know what the other guys tell you. I come to take you out. Hospital. And if you go the next step, it doesn’t' bother me -- not one bit. That was my approach to the game. I am not going to lie to you about it. I could not play now. Are you kidding me? I wouldn't be making no money. I would owe the league money.

Jurecki: So, you can feel James Harrison's frustration?

Jones: Sure, I do. And I don't think he is guilty of all that.