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NFL to Commemorate Deacon Jones with Award for Most Sacks


Feb 2, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL former player Deacon Jones gives an interview on radio row for Super Bowl week. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI . Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ian Rapoport via twitter, the NFL will reveal a new award for the 2013 season.

In honor of former Rams, Chargers, and Redskins linebacker, Deacon Jones, the league will present a Deacon Jones award for the player with the most sacks.

Jones passed away on June 3, 2013, and will be remembered with an illustrious career, culminating with an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He was 74.

Known as the “The Secretary of Defense” as well as the man who coined the term quarterback “sacks,” Jones is still considered one of the game’s greatest defensive players.

The new award will reportedly be revealed at Deacon’s memorial service, and the recipient is expected to be announced at the NFL Honors Pre-Super Bowl, according to Rapoport.

As far as we know, the idea is understood to be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s.