22 Facts About Ronnie Lott


Ronald Mandel Lott was born on May 8,1959 and is an American former professional football player in the National Football League for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.


Ronnie Lott played college football for the University of Southern California, and was honored as a consensus All-American.


Ronnie Lott was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and International Sports Hall of Fame in 2023, and is widely considered to be one of the best of all time at the safety position in NFL history and one of the best players in NFL history.


Ronald Mandel Ronnie Lott was born on May 8,1959, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Ronnie Lott recorded 3 interceptions again as a key member of an elite secondary that included future NFL players Jeff Fisher, Dennis Smith, Joey Browner, and Dennis Johnson.


Ronnie Lott was selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.


Ronnie Lott had the tip of his left pinky finger amputated after the 1985 season when it was crushed while tackling running back Timmy Newsome, and a bone graft surgery would not have allowed him to start the 1986 season.


Ronnie Lott is one of five players that were on all four 1980s 49ers Super Bowl wins.


Ronnie Lott signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995, but was injured in the preseason.


Ronnie Lott returned to the 49ers in 1995, but the injuries he had suffered over the previous four seasons continued to plague him, and he announced his retirement before the season began.


Ronnie Lott was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility, and was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team in 1994 and the 100th Anniversary Team in 2019.


Ronnie Lott recovered 17 fumbles, returned them for 43 yards, and gained 113 yards on kickoff returns.


Ronnie Lott played in 20 postseason games, recording nine interceptions, 89 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two touchdowns.


Beyond statistics, Ronnie Lott had an uncanny awareness of how a play was developing, which allowed him to break up passes and earn a reputation as one of the hardest and most efficient open-field tacklers in the history of the league.


Ronnie Lott turned to broadcasting following his retirement, serving as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday in 1996 and 1997, and working on the network's game coverage in 1998.


Ronnie Lott is currently on a show called PAC-12 Playbook on the Pac-12 Network, an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network.


Ronnie Lott serves on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.


Ronnie Lott's father served a career in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Senior master sergeant.


Ronnie Lott advises professional athletes who are making a transition to the business world.


Ronnie Lott is the father of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Ryan Nece.


Ronnie Lott inspired the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is given annually by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.


Ronnie Lott was the guest of honor at a CYO fundraiser at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park, CA in May 2012 where he discussed the importance of helping the community.