Ronnie Lott is a former professional football player. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was honored as a consensus All-American.
Lott played cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the NFL for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs. In his 10 years with the 49ers, Lott helped them win eight division titles and four Super Bowls: XVI (1981 season), XIX (1984), XXIII (1988), and XXIV (1989). As of 2021, he is one of five players that were on all four 1980s 49ers Super Bowl wins. After his career with San Francisco, Lott signed as a free agent in 1991 with the Los Angeles Raiders, and in 1993 with the New York Jets. In 1991, he led the league in interceptions (8) for a second time.
Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is widely considered to be one of the best of all time at the safety position in NFL history, as well as one of the best players in NFL history. Lott was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team in 1994 and the 100th Anniversary Team in 2019.