of Yesterday and Today Series Wraps Up
2002 - Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones visited the
Hall of Fame today to wrap up the month-long Best of Yesterday and Today
series. Jones was joined by New York Giants defensive end Michael
The two signed over 500 autographs in the Hall's NFL Films Theater from
11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The pairing gave fans a chance to meet two
of the most dominant defensive players in the history of professional
a 1980 Hall of Fame inductee, dominated opposing offenses by way of the
sack, a term he invented. As a key component of the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome
Foursome," Jones had a reputation for one thing - getting to the
quarterback at all costs.
made his mark in very similar fashion. On January 6, 2002, with a sack
of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre; he raised his season total
to 22.5 sacks, breaking the old mark of 22 held by former New York Jets
defensive end Mark Gastineau.
that game, Strahan's jersey and helmet were shipped to the Hall of Fame.
"It's incredible," commented Strahan on the fact that his jersey is now
in the Hall of Fame. "And to be able to come here and share it with Deacon,
that's special, and something I'll never forget."
it was just fantastic," said Jones on Strahan's new record. "Michael's
a good friend of mine, and I wish him nothing but the best. And if he keeps
his game going the way that it's going now, he'll rest here some day."