Continuing the Legacy of Football Legend
Deacon Jones’ Commitment to Inner-City Youth
Pro Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones blazes on in the memories of fans and colleagues as the greatest defensive end in the National Football League. He was the ultimate Secretary of Defense. He was also an entrepreneur and a dedicated community advocate. He believed deeply in the importance of stemming the cycle of inner-city strife and continuous depreciation of neighborhoods, and was committed to developing disadvantaged kids into role models and community leaders.
Deacon served as the president and CEO of the Deacon Jones Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization he founded in 1997 to assist young people and the communities in which they live, until his passing in 2013. The Foundation honors the legend and spirit of Deacon Jones through its continued dedication to developing educated, talented, intelligent young people into leaders. Guided by our mission, we accomplish this by granting financial assistance to programs that support inner-city youth and actively foster positive attitudes toward education, professional development, and community service.