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Deacon Jones left permanent imprint

Late Hall of Famer revolutionized DE position and had unforgettable presence

Originally Published: June 4, 2013
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The most amazing thing about David "Deacon" Jones wasn't all those sacks he compiled or the fact that he coined the term for tackling opposing quarterbacks.

It was his consistency. The man missed five games in 14 seasons. He played when he was hurt, sick and fully aware that opponents would do anything to exploit the fact that he might not be 100 percent.

That is why it's so hard to fathom a world without Deacon Jones, who died at age 74 in his suburban Los Angeles home on Monday ...

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