It is Time to Count Deacon Jones’ Sacks and Make an Official NFL Record!

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Stop and compare Deacon Jones’ records in the NFL compared to other sports. Baseball is a sport that is famous for the volume of statistics they keep. MLB has stats that can tell you how many times a batter hit a fast ball foul, or a slider for a home run. How he hits against lefties, righties, or on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd pitch. How many times a pitcher pitches a fast ball for his first pitch. How many times a batter swings at the first pitch, how many times a player spits during a game. The list is endless.

greyzkyYou rarely hear of any other sport, other than the NFL, qualify a particular record by saying it’s the best “since” a certain year. The NFL does this with sacks because they only “officially” started keeping track of them in 1982. The leading shot-blocker of all time in basketball isn’t “since” a certain year. No, the record is since the beginning of NBA basketball. The highest scorer in hockey is based on the entire history of the NHL.

It seems as though most stats in the NFL come from other sites like Pro-Football-Reference.com, Pro Football Focus.com, and such. I realize that these sites gather their information from the NFL, but they nonetheless remain “unofficial” stats. It is long past due for the NFL to count Deacon Jones’ sacks and make it the official NFL sack record. It’s a shame that Goodell can’t find someone to go through the tapes and count all of the late great Deacon Jones’ sacks to establish a true NFL sack record. They keep just about every other stat in the NFL, but for some reason they seem unwilling to just include the sacks tallied before 1982.

ware2I bring this up as DeMarcus Ware is closing in on the all time sack leader for the Dallas Cowboys. He will pass Harvey Martin within the first few weeks of the 2013 season, but the passing of Harvey Martins’ record is possible because the Dallas Cowboys kept records of Martin’s sacks even before 1982. If the Cowboys can calculate Martins’ pre-1982 sacks, surely the NFL can do the same for Deacon Jones and other players of that era.

Currently the late great Harvey Martin is the all time sack leader for the Dallas Cowboys, but not for long, as Ware, after racking up a 100 sacks in the 2nd fewest games of all time, is about to shatter it to smithereens. The talent of D-Ware has not gone unnoticed, and I would like to see the NFL count Deacon Jones’ sacks so we can find out if D-Ware will become the all time NFL sack leader when his career finally comes to an end. He’s not the only one either; there are some young up and coming stars that play defensive end or tackle that could come close. But until the NFL gets it right, and counts all of Jones’ sacks it won’t matter.

I say it’s way past time to put an end to the nonsense of every time sacks are talked about it comes comes out as: “since 1982”. It’s quite ridiculous that something can have so much bearing on a game and change the momentum for a team isn’t kept as an official record for all of football history. Remember Bob Lilly’s 29 yard sack against the Dolphins in SB VI? You know another funny thing is: although it’s known to be the longest sack in SB history, the NFL can’t say it’s the longest sack in NFL history.

deacon2From the 2013 season forward, the player with the most sacks during the regular season will be awarded the Deacon Jones award. Finding out how many sacks Deacon had can’t be that hard because all of his games have tape to them. Let’s at least know what the real record is. NFL it’s way past due, and if nothing else, Deacon Jones and every winner of his award deserves it.

 

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  • Californy

    I heard Deacon Jones coined the term sack.  I think The nFL should honor him by giving out a trophy to the top sack leader in the NFL every year.  I heard he was a great athlete, they said he ran a 4.50 40 speed. Here a history of the term the fearsome foursome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearsome_Foursome_(American_football). It too bad the city that had this group doesnt have an NFL team.  I dont think they will expand here but move another NFL team to this market.  If there an expansion you must add like 4-6 more teams

    • coachk5520

      Californy Deacon IS credited with coining the term sacking the QB.  Starting this year the NFL is going to award that player with the Deacon Jones award.  Hence the article.

      • cjwright

        coachk5520 Californy It’s ok Jeff, that is californy’s modus operandi – he reads the first couple paragraphs and then writes his own conclusion. lol

  • cjwright

    What is the ‘unofficial’ total for Jones?

    • coachk5520

      cjwright , that’s the whole point nobody really knows except Deacon, and we are no longer able to ask him.  I’m sure there’s some interview tape somewhere where he states how many.  I do know that in an interview one time he said he had like 15 in a game.  Can you imagine how dominating that was?

      • cjwright

        coachk5520 cjwright I assumed that someone had reviewed all the games and at least made an attempt at an ‘unofficial’ total.

        • coachk5520

          @cjwright, they may have, but they have yet to publish it.  In my mind it’s criminal especially now that there is an award named after him to be awarded every year.  Time to count, publish, and make it the official record.

      • Californy

        I doubt Deacon Jone would know the number.  Deacon Jones job was to knock out QB not get sacks.  Today athletes are about themselves, the show boating, the dances after the sack.  I doubt Deacon ever had a sack celebration.  That why for me Emmitt is my favorite player, I dont recalll  the hot dogging done by Emmitt, well all except when he replied to TO Celebration on the star.  The little Emmitt celebrated the NFL took away, the removing of the helmet.

        • cjwright

          Californy I would maintain that Emmitt did very little celebrating through the Super Bowl years; it was not until the team was in decline, and Emmitt thought they needed the spark, that he started taking off his helmet.

  • Californy

    what kind of strange is these sack artist seem to gravitate to the flower industry.  I do remember watching Bubba Smith as he portray Hightrower in the Movie series Police Academy.  Merlin Olson was nothing but a Gentleman in the series Little house on the prarie.  It so wierd I remember like Gentleman and not as one of the most fear group that came after a QB

  • Californy

    I heard that Rosie Greer was one of Robert Kennedy Body Guard the night they killed him in Los Angeles.  That sad that will be how I remember him in history

    • coachk5520

      Californy , Funny think about Rosie Greer is I remember when I was a kid they would talk about how big and nasty he was on the football field, but liked to knit.

      • Californy

        Wow that hard to believe about the knitting part, but as mean and tough he probably was I doubt anyone would make that an issue especially his opponnets on game day.

  • DEACON jONES WAS A BEAST: I included part of an interview by NBC not long before he passed. He was speaking in regards to Suhs’ nasty style of play
    “I don’t like the fact that he hasn’t learned the right way to step
    on somebody,” Jones told PFT. “You’re damn right there’s a right way. . .
    . The right way is not standing there in front of all the cameras and
    the referee stomping people. . . . You kick him, you don’t stomp him.”
    Jones said he thinks Suh needs to be smart enough not to act out of anger and hurt his team.
    “I’m angry with him because he didn’t learn how to cover it up,”
    Jones said. “We spent more time practicing things like that. Knew when
    to do it. I’m not going to hurt my defensive unit, I’m not going to cost
    us 15 yards, but I am going to kick your ass.”
    Jones was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O73eLRTsJ-Y
    in his day, and he shudders at the modern rules that limit defensive
    players and doesn’t think he could survive under today’s rules.
    “I’d probably be arrested with this bunch of guys, they’re soft —
    give me a break: These guys are soft,” Jones said. “I hit the head. I
    started there. . . . This game ain’t never going to be safe.”