How Rams plan to honor Deacon Jones

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- After losing one of their most treasured franchise players in June, the Rams plan to honor legendary defensive end Deacon Jones in a couple of ways this season.

The team announced Friday that it will honor Jones by wearing a round, black decal with Jones’ No. 75 and a Rams head logo on the back of each player’s helmet for the entire 2013 season. Further, the team has invited several members of Jones’ family to attend the regular-season opener Sept. 8, where they will be honored during the game.

“Deacon Jones was a legend who was cherished by generations of NFL fans and players,” Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.O.O. Kevin Demoff said in a statement. “Our team is proud to wear his number on our helmets throughout the season to honor his meaning to this organization.”

Jones died on June 3 at the age of 74 in his home in Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Soon after Jones’ passing, the NFL announced the creation of the Deacon Jones Award, which will go to the league’s leader in sacks every year.