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    1968 NFL Player's Association Lineman of the Year Trophy Presented to Deacon Jones. "When I see guys huddling up after the game to pray, that's what scares me about the game," Jones once told reporters. "I'm a Baptist, but I'm a quarterback killer, and I ain't praying with you. I'll give you 30 seconds to ask your Lord and master to keep me from killing you." The leader of the Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome, Jones was one of the most intimidating players in history of the National Football League, and one of the most prolific sackers of quarterbacks that ever played, though the statistic was not counted during Jones' career.

    In fact, it was Jones himself who coined the term, explaining to a Los Angeles Times reporter, "You take all the offensive linemen and put them in a burlap bag, and then you take a baseball bat and beat on the bag. You're sacking them, you're bagging them. And that's what you're doing with a quarterback." Few players revolutionized the defensive game like Jones, whose sideline-to-sideline speed was unprecedented for a man of his size. He would earn eight Pro Bowl appearances and unofficial ownership of the single-season sacks record in fourteen NFL seasons to waltz into Canton on the first Hall of Fame ballot.

    Offered here is the original trophy that Jones was presented for being named the NFLPA's Lineman of the Year in 1968. Standing at 13" in height, it showcases an engraved plaque on the base, which reads "Deacon Jones Los Angeles Rams 1968 Lineman of the Year - Defense National Football League Players Association". EX quality is exhibited throughout, while the legs have been professionally repaired after breaking from the feet.


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