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Robert Mathis honored by NFL

Updated: January 2, 2014, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robert Mathis never got to see Deacon Jones take down opposing quarterbacks in person.

He learned to appreciate Jones' creativity over time.

The Colts Pro Bowl linebacker and newly crowned sacks champion was honored Thursday as the inaugural winner of the NFL's Deacon Jones Award, which goes to the league's sacks leader. Mathis will be recognized at the NFL award banquet Feb. 1.

"Deacon Jones is the creator of the sack, so to be able to win the first award ...

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