David D. 'Deacon' Jones (born December 9, 1938 in Eatonville, Florida) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Jones specialized in quarterback sacks, a term attributed to him. Nicknamed the 'Secretary of Defense', Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever. The Los Angeles Times called Jones 'Most Valuable Ram of All Time,' and former Rams head coach George Allen called him the 'Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football'. Jones was born in Eatonville, Florida and lived in a four bedroom house with his family of ten. Jones attended Hungerford High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. During high school, Jones developed a lump in his thigh and learned that it was a tumor; he had surgery to remove it.
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