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Football legend Deacon Jones diesSAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Charger Deacon Jones died of natural causes at the age of 74 in his home in Los Angeles Monday.

Sports fans like Mighty 1090 Sports Radio personality Lee “Hackshaw” Hamilton mourned Jones’s passing.

“[Jones] changed the way the game was played. He was big, fast, and physical – he came off the edge,” Hamilton said. “He was so violent that the league finally passed the rule that you can’t use head blows to protect the offensive linemen.”

Jones spent most of his 14-year career on the Los Angeles Rams, where he became NFL royalty. Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive ends of all time, grabbing more than 170 sacks during his career.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Jones was a cornerstone of the “Fearsome Foursome,” one of the greatest defensive lines the league has ever seen.

Joe Tutino hosted a talk-radio show with Jones in the late 1990s and he remembers the Hall-of-Famer for his big impact off the field as well.

Jones was committed to charity. His foundation promotes leadership activities for inner-city youth.

“He was one of the true characters of the National Football League he’s one of the pillars of the game,” Tutino said. “[Jones] had great stories to tell and he knew how to tell them.”

“He also let everybody know that he was a defensive end and he didn’t like quarterbacks,” Tutino said. “It didn’t matter if they were retired or still playing and that was part of his charm.”