Posted June 22, 2013

NFL will present Deacon Jones Award to sack leader starting in 2013

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Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones, who died on Thursday, is credited with coining the term “sack.” (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The NFL will honor late Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones, who died at 74 on Tuesday, by presenting the Deacon Jones Award to the league leader in sacks each season, beginning in 2013, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Jones compiled an unofficial total of 173.5 sacks over his 14 year career (1961-74). He was credited with coining the term “sack,” which became an official stat in 1982.

The new award in his name was announced at his memorial service in Los Angeles on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell called Jones “an icon among icons.”

The Texans’ J.J. Watt would have received the 2012-13 award after leading the league in sacks with 20.5. Six players have led the league multiple times: Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware, Michael Strahan, Kevin Greene, Reggie White and Mark Gastineau.


5 comments
ReedWright
ReedWright

They have the right person to name the award after but why did it take the NFL until his death to honor him?  Deacon Jones is the original sack king.  Yes, L.T., Reggie and Bruce were sack artists but before them, David "Deacon" Jones was "thee" sack artist.   Props to Deacon Jones.

rdP
rdP

Bruce Smith?

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

"OK, he's dead, so now let's honor him."  Goodellesque.

Mark112
Mark112

Better late than never does not apply.

rdP
rdP

Amazingly, Smith never lead the league in sacks. Unbelievable. Shows you how hard those things are.