RONNIE LOTT

RONNIE LOTT

Class of 2000
Cornerback/Safety >>> 6-0, 203
(Southern California)
1981-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-1992 Los Angeles Raiders, 1993-1994 New York Jets

Ronald Mandel Lott. . .First round draft pick, 1981. . .Started at left cornerback position as rookie. . .Switched to safety, 1985. . . Earned All-Pro honors at three different positions (cornerback, free safety, strong safety). . . Hard-hitting, versatile. . .Recorded 100-plus tackles five times. . .Led NFL in interceptions twice, 1986, 1991. . .Driving force on defense during 49ers’ four Super Bowl seasons. . .63 career interceptions for 730 yards, 5 TDs. . . Born May 8, 1959, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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.

Known for his hard-hitting style, Lott was used at both left and right cornerback positions and as a free and strong safety during his 14-year career. The versatile defensive back earned 10 Pro Bowl invitations at three different positions – cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. It was, however, at free safety, where he had the freedom to cover the whole field, that he may have been most effective.

In 1986, he played 14 games at the free safety position before an injury sidelined him for the final two games of the season. Still, he led the league with a career-most 10 interceptions, recorded 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and two quarterback sacks. It was perhaps his finest season. During his career with the 49ers (1981-1990), Los Angeles Raiders (1991-1992), and the New York Jets (1993-1994) 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.

It has been said that Lott had the uncanny ability of being able to sense the direction a play was about to take and then somehow disrupt it. “He’s like a middle linebacker playing safety,” Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry once remarked. “He’s devastating. He may dominate the secondary better than anyone I’ve seen.” Named All-Pro eight times, All-NFC six times, and All-AFC once, Lott was also named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team.

Year
Team
G
Int
Yds.
Avg.
TD
FumRec.
Yds.
1981 San Francisco
16
7
117
16.7
3
2
0
1982 San Francisco
9
2
95
47.5
1
0
0
1983 San Francisco
15
4
22
5.5
0
1
0
1984 San Francisco
12
4
26
6.5
0
0
0
1985 San Francisco
16
6
68
11.3
0
2
0
1986 San Francisco
14
10
134
13.4
1
0
0
1987 San Francisco
12
5
62
12.4
0
2
33
1988 San Francisco
13
5
59
11.8
0
4
3
1989 San Francisco
11
5
34
6.8
0
0
0
1990 San Francisco
11
3
26
8.7
0
1
3
1991 L.A. Raiders
16
8
52
6.5
0
1
4
1992 L.A. Raiders
16
1
0
0.0
0
1
0
1993 New York Jets
16
3
35
11.7
0
2
0
1994 New York Jets
15
0
0
0.0
0
1
0
Career Total
192
63
730
11.6
5
17
43
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 8-113; Sacks: 8.5

Championship Games

1981 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27
Lott started at left cornerback. He recorded four tackles and two assists.

1983 NFC – Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
Lott started at left cornerback. He recorded three tackles, one assist, and two passes defensed.

1984 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0
Lott started at left cornerback. He recorded one tackle and three assists.

1988 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3
Lott started at free safety. He recorded six tackles and one pass defensed.

1989 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
Lott started at free safety. He recorded three tackles, one assist, one interception for 14 yards, and 2 passes defensed.

1990 NFC – New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
Lott started at free safety. He recorded three tackles and two assists.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XVISan Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21
Lott started at left cornerback. He recorded four tackles and one assist.

Super Bowl XIXSan Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16
Lott started at left cornerback. He recorded one tackle and one pass defensed.

Super Bowl XXIIISan Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
Lott started at free safety. He recorded five tackles and one pass defensed.

Super Bowl XXIVSan Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
Lott started at free safety. He recorded one tackle and one pass defensed.

 

All-Pro: 1981CB (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW) • 1983CB (PFWA) • 1986 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW) •1987 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW) • 1988 (NEA) • 1989 (AP, PFWA, PW) • 1990 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN) • 1991 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1987 (NEA) • 1988 (AP)

All-NFC: 1981CB (UPI, PW) • 1983CB (PW) • 1986 (UPI, PW) • 1987 (UPI, PW) • 1988 (UPI) •
1989 (UPI, PW)

All-AFC: 1991 (UPI, PW)

All-NFC Second Team: 1983CB (UPI) • 1984CB (UPI) • 1990 (UPI)

CB Earned honors as cornerback. All other honors earned as safety.

(10) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

(at time of his retirement following 1994 season)

• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns, Rookie Season – 3 (1981)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Season Leading League, Interceptions – 2 (1986, 1991)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns, Season – 3 (1981)

Super Bowl Records

• [1st] Most Games, Winning Team – 4 (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)

Post-Season Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 9
• [2nd] Most Yards Gained, Interceptions, Career – 187
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns, Career – 2

49ers' records held by Lott
(Records through the 1990 season, Lott's final season with San Francisco)

• [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 51
• [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage – 643
• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Season – 10 (1986)
• [3rd] Longest Interception Return – 83 (vs. Kansas City, Dec. 26, 1982)

 

League Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1986, 1991

NFC Statistical Championships

Interception Titles: 1986

AFC Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1991

Team Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1984* SF, 1985 SF, 1986 SF, 1987* SF, 1989 SF, 1991 Raid

* Tied; SF San Francisco 49ers ; Raid Los Angeles Raiders

• 1980's All-Decade Team (Safety)
• Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team (Cornerback)
• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team (Safety)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1981 San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 (1st)
1982 San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 (11th*)
1983 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1984 San Francisco 49ers 15 1 0 (1st)
1985 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (2nd)
1986 San Francisco 49ers 10 5 1 (1st)
1987 San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 (1st)
1988 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1989 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1990 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1991 Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 (3rd)
1992 Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 (4th)
1993 New York Jets 8 8 0 (3rd)
1994 New York Jets 6 10 0 (5th)
* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.
Full Name: Ronald Mandel Lott

Birthdate:
May 8, 1959

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico

High School:
Eisenhower (Rialto, CA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 29, 2000

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 29, 2000

Presenter: Roy Lott, Ronnie's father

Other Members of Class of 2000: Howie Long, Joe Montana, Dan Rooney, Dave Wilcox

Pro Career: 14 seasons, 192 games

Drafted: 1st round (8th overall) by San Francisco 49ers

Uniform Number:
42

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