Deacon Jones, the NFL legend who coined the term "sack," passed away Monday night at age 74.
The Washington Redskins confirmed the news on their website, noting that the Football Hall of Famer died of natural causes at his home in Southern California. Jones played for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins throughout his professional career, which spanned from 1961 to 1974.
Celebrities were saddened to hear of Deacon's death and took to Twitter to remember Jones for his accomplishments on and off the field.
Michael Strahan: "RIP to my friend, mentor and idol Mr. Deacon Jones. Was always there for me from the beginning and led the way for all if us DE's! #headslap"
Billy Corben: "RIP: Deacon Jones, 'fearsome' master of the QB sack, dies at 74"
Chris Myers: "Prayers for family of #NHLgreat Deacon Jones who has died. Told me it was because of him the term 'sack' was created. Travel well my friend"
Richard Roeper: "NFL great Deacon Jones appeared on The Odd Couple, Bewitched AND The Brady Bunch. RIP."
Josh Elliott: "RIP Deacon Jones, one of the great LA Rams. Foursomes were never so fearsome."