B: May 8, 1959
Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ronnie Lott, an All-America from Southern California, was the San Francisco 49ers’
first round draft pick and the eighth player chosen overall in the 1981 National
Football League Draft. The 6-0, 203-pound defensive back made an immediate impression
and was named the starting left cornerback from his first day in training camp.
In his first NFL season, Lott led a young secondary that helped the 49ers to win
Super Bowl XVI. He became the second rookie in NFL history to return three interceptions
for touchdowns. His outstanding play resulted in his finishing second to another
defensive standout, Lawrence Taylor, for Rookie of the Year honors. The versatile
defensive back earned 10 Pro Bowl invitations at three different positions — cornerback,
free safety, and strong safety. During his career with the 49ers (1981-90), Los
Angeles Raiders (1991-92), and the New York Jets (1993-94) Lott recorded 63 career
interceptions and twice led the league. A complete player, he surpassed the 1,000-career
tackle mark in 1993, and had five seasons of at least 100 tackles. In his ten seasons
with the 49ers, San Francisco won eight NFC Western Division titles and four Super
Bowls. In 20 playoff contests (all starts), he recorded nine interceptions, 89 tackles,
one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two touchdowns. Named All-Pro eight
times, All-NFC six times, and All-AFC once, Lott was also selected to play in 10
Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team. Lott was named to the All-Decade Team for the NFL for the 1980s and 1990s and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
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