1980 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ring Presented to Deacon Jones. 1980 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ring 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.
Jones misplaced the ring he was presented on Induction Day and ordered this replacement, nearly identical to the original. The logo of the Hall of Fame is embossed in gold onto a blue stone on the ring’s face, which is encircled by raised text reporting, “Pro Football’s Hall of Fame.” Left shank is engraved “Defensive End” above imagery of the museum’s facade, while right shank features imagery of game action framed between engraved text reading, “Jones” and “Elected 1980.” Interior band is engraved “Deacon Jones” and “Bal 10k” and measures to a size twelve and a half (12.5). Total weight is thirty grams (30 g.).