Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Ronnie Lott

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Bill Walsh who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s.  Walsh was innovative and called "Genius" by the sports media.

 In Pillars, we describe some of Walsh's key players.  This post examines one of those. 

Ronnie Lott

Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott was the 49ers’ first round selection in the 1981 draft. He made an impact immediately.  He was a superb passionate athlete who was one of the hardest-hitting defenders to play professional football. He started out as the 49ers’ left cornerback, but he also played safety in his career. According to his Hall of Fame biography, he earned 10 Pro Bowl invitations at three different positions, cornerback, free safety and strong safety.  He was certainly one of the most dominating defensive forces in football history.

 See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."

earned 10 Pro Bowl invitations at three different positions – cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=134#sthash.L7VKpOHL.dpuf