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Rams to retire Deacon Jones' number

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Deacon Jones, the Hall-of-Famer who coined the phrase "quarterback sack," will have his number 75 retired this season by the St. Louis Rams.

A Rams spokesman said Monday that a specific date for the ceremony honoring Jones will be announced later.

Jones played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1961 through 1971 and was part of the "Fearsome Foursome" with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier.

Jones had 159.5 sacks as a Ram and 173.5 overall. He reached double digits in sacks seven times and had 20 or more three times. He was NFL defensive player of the year in 1967 and 1960, was voted to nine Pro Bowls, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

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