Prior to1961 when a tackle of an NFL quarterback occurred behind the line of scrimmage it was commonly called, “dumping the quarterback.” After the arrival of David “Deacon” Jones, an unexpected phenomenon at Defensive End taken with the 186th pick in the14th round by the Los Angeles Rams in ’61 everything would change. Deacon coined the term, “sacking the quarterback” and his perfection and frequency of its execution led all of us to now unequivocally call it a “quarterback sack.”
Deacon Jones retired from the NFL after 14 seasons in 1974 having sacked NFL quarterbacks with what at the time should have been a record-setting 173.5 times. But NFL records show Jones as officially having zero sacks.
The NFL would not officially recognize the “sack” as an official NFL statistic until the 1982 season.