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Claude Brownlee remembers Deacon Jones

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Football Hall of Fame-er Deacon Jones, defensive end, died of natural causes late Monday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74.

Jones had 173-and-a-half sacks in a 14-year career with the Rams, Chargers, and Redskins. However, these are unofficial stats. The league did not keep defensive numbers in that era. Jones is the one who originally coined the term sack

Columbus native and former professional Football player Claude Brownlee says Jones drove opposing teams crazy, especially Brownlee's former Colts teammate, Johnny Unitas.

"Dang, somebody block Deacon!" Brownlee recalls about how Unitas responded to Jones. "Johnny Unitas did not like that, and a lot of times it was because of his athleticism. He was so quick, outrunning backs. Johnny Unitas used to call the play where they would always double-team Deacon Jones, so they had to put two men on him."    

After his retirement, Jones established a foundation to promote education in the inner cities.

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