Deacon Jones’ Hall of Fame Career and Legendary Legacy

June 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Modern NFL fans think of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a place where football history is safely preserved. Panels of wise journalists and veteran players keep vigilant watch over the entrance, allowing only the most celebrated players to enter the Hall, where they're cast in bronze and placed on a shelf.
Glass cases hold leather helmets and spiked cleats in eternal stasis; black-and-white photos and plaques tell of a rough-and-ready time when linemen were small, no holds were barred and all but the biggest stars had summer jobs.
Deacon Jones, who passed on June 4, was no relic.
Jones was a massive talent forged from a terrifying alloy of strength, speed and meanness. Jones not only dominated the NFL in his day; he would have been a blue-chip prospect had he come out for this year's draft.
On and off the field, Jones was a full-color, high-definition, 240-frames-per-second persona, popping out of still and moving film that was still mostly black-and-white whe...

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