Chicago, IL (Tuesday,June 4, 2013) —Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition staff offer condolences to the family of Deacon Jones, one of the greatest defensive end in NFL history.
David Jones was born December 9, 1938 in Eatonville, Florida and played high school football but did not get a scholarship until a year after his senior season when he and two other high school teammates heard from South Carolina State in 1958. He played one season at South Carolina State sitting out a year and then transferring to Mississippi Vocational College.
“ I left some problems in South Carolina. I was mixed up in lunch-counter demonstrations then…I had the water treatment and the dogs and all that stuff and even spent some time in jail”, Mr. Jones said.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. added:
“Deacon Jones is a brother beloved, who came from a HBCU, South Carolina State. He stood out and illuminated this potential in Black Colleges and in the South. He did extremely well as a professional athlete and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was available to us in our struggle for social justice within football and the NFL as well as within the broader social movement. I was blessed to have known him in a very personal way and miss him. I offer my condolences to his family.
The “true giant” who coined the term sack, for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and was voted to the league’s 75th anniversary all-time team. Deacon Jones was the leader of the Los Angeles Ram’s Fearsome Foursome unit from 1961-1971 and then played for San Diego for two seasons before retiring with Washington Redskins in 1974.
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