Entries in Fearsome Foursome (2)


Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

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(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are re-inventing the Fearsome Foursome. 

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to a one-year deal, worth up to $8 million.

"The defensive line here is great," Fairley said. "I’m glad to be a part of it, glad to be coming in to a great situation with the defense, and just to add to it. So I’m here to help this team win and hopefully we’ll get to the Super Bowl."

Before signing Fairley, St. Louis defensive line included Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The four members registered 22.5 sacks last season, though Long only played in six games due to injury. Fairley had recorded 10 pressures during a two-game span in October last year before a knee injury slowed down his season.

Fairley is expected to slide in behind Donald as part of a defensive line rotation and will likely spell Brockers on passing downs.

The Rams of the 1960s were comprised of Lamar Lundy, Rosie Grier, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones.  The four members were known as the "Fearsome Foursome" and both Olson and Jones are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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David "Deacon" Jones Dies at 74

DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Hall-of-Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones died Monday at the age of 74.

The Washington Redskins learned from general manager Bruce Allen that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California.

"Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones on the Los Angeles Rams. "His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother."

Jones was drafted in 1961 by the Los Angeles Rams and played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins.

Jones played his first 11 seasons with the Rams, where he was part of a defensive line that included Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier. Those four were nicknamed "The Fearsome Foursome."

Jones is credited with coming up with the phrase quarterback sack and was nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense."

While the NFL didn't officially keep track of sacks until 1982, the Rams' media guide says Jones recorded a team-best 159.5 sacks with the Rams and 173.5 for his career.

Jones was elected to the NFL Hall-of-Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1980.

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