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LA Chargers: 4 forgotten-about Hall of Famers that played for the Bolts

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Forgotten-about LA Chargers Hall of Famers: Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones is one of the most feared defensive ends of all-time. Playing in an era before sacks were recorded, it might be hard for the younger generation of fans to understand how great Jones was when he has a career sacks total of zero.

However, his accolades do all of the talking for Jones. Eight Pro Bowls, five All-Pro honors and an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of those Pro Bowls even came as a member of the Chargers.

Jones played for three different teams in his 14-year NFL career with the Chargers being sandwiched between his first and last team. Jones is best remembered as a Los Angeles Rams legend, as he was a fearsome force in LA from 1961 to 1971.

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That is where seven of his eight Pro Bowl nods occurred. His stretch from 1965 to 1969 was particularly dominant, as he was named an All-Pro in all five seasons.

Jones spent two seasons with the Chargers and was named a Pro Bowler in 1972. His 1973 season was not as memorable.

And while his official sacks count stands at zero, there are still some unofficial numbers we can go by to showcase his pure dominance. Jones has 173.5 unofficial sacks to his name, which would put him behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White for third all-time.

Of those 173.5 unofficial sacks, 11 came with the Chargers in 1972 and 1973.