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American Football Database
Leroy Jones
Date of birth: (1950-09-29) September 29, 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth: Greenwood, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s): Defensive End
College: Norfolk State
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2
(By the Los Angeles Rams)
 As player:
1976–1983 San Diego Chargers
Playing stats at

Leroy Jones (born September 29, 1950) is a former American football defensive end for the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League.

In 1980, Jones teamed with All-Pro's Fred Dean, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson, and Louie Kelcher on the defensive frontline as the Chargers led the NFL in sacks (60). The foursome was locally nicknamed the Bruise Brothers,[1][2] coined from a popular act at the time, The Blues Brothers.[3] Don "Air" Coryell's Chargers teams of that era are mostly remembered for its high-scoring, pass-oriented offense. The Chargers won the AFC West from 1979–1981 and made the playoffs in 1982.


  1. "Grambling State University Loses Two Football Legends". (Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC). August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011.
  2. "No. 16: Chargers' best draft class". March 28, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011. "The 2001 class was good, but the 1975 class ranks the best. San Diego had four of the first 33 picks in the draft, and the Chargers selected three defensive linemen that would form the nucleus of "The Bruise Brothers" and once formed three-fourths of the AFC Pro Bowl defensive line."(subscription required)
  3. "Countdown to Enshrinement Spotlight: Fred Dean". College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.