Pro Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones passed away earlier this summer at the age of 74 and the St. Louis Rams will pay tribute to the all-time great defensive end during the 2013-14 NFL season. “The Secretary of Defense” coined the term “sack”, and many will believe that the honor from the organization is long overdue.
St. Louis will be wearing a decal on their helmet that features the Rams logo and Jones’ iconic No. 75.
The Rams organization announced the news on Friday.
“Deacon Jones was a legend who was cherished by generations of NFL fans and players,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk. “Our team is proud to wear his number on our helmets throughout the season to honor his meaning to this organization.”
Here is a photo of the decal that will be worn by the Rams to honor one of the greatest players in NFL history:
St. Louis will also be honoring members of Jones’ family during their season-opener on September 8 against the division rival Arizona Cardinals.