Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/28/11

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana has a laugh with former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott during home opener as the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park September 20, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Once and a while on rare occasions a player will come along in the NFL and redefine the position at which he plays.  Usually when this happens, fans, coaches, teammates and play-by-play voices alike echo words like unique, special, different, or on another level in description, throughout the careers of these praiseworthy competitors.  Where the NFL is a league of uncertainties, these players, who march to the beat of a different drum, are often labeled as a future Hall of Famer as over time, their performance on Sundays replaces the question of if, with one of when.  Such was the case of San Francisco 49er cornerback and safety Ronnie Lott. Before he became a 49er, Lott attended the University of Southern California from 1977-81 where he played safety for the Trojans.  During his collegiate years, Lott’s play helped his team earn a share of the National Championship in 1978 and two Rose Bowl appearances in 79 and 80.  During that 1980 season, Lott was an All-American and team captain.  Although that would be his last season at USC, Lott’s best years as a football player lied ahead of him, in the NFL. In 1981, the San Francisco 49ers selected Ronnie Lott with the 8th pick in [...]
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