Ronnie Lott Named To College Football Hall Of Fame
May 7, 2002
LOS ANGELES- Former USC All-American safety Ronnie Lott has been named to the 15-member 2002 Division I-A class of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Lott, already a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, will be inducted at a Dec. 10 dinner in New York City and then enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Aug. 9 and 10, 2003, in South Bend, Ind.
He is the 30th Trojan, including 23 players, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Lott's 2002 classmates include 12 other players-split end Terry Beasley of Auburn (1969-71), tailback George 'Sonny' Franck of Minnesota (1938-40), running back Cosmo Iacavazzi of Princeton (1962-64), wide receiver John Jefferson of Arizona State (1974-77), quarterback Dan Marino of Pittsburgh (1979-82), tailback Napoleon McCallum of Navy (1983-85), offensive guard Reggie McKenzie of Michigan (1969-71), defensive back Randy Rhino of Georgia Tech (1972-74), offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas (1970-72), linebacker Gary Spani of Kansas State (1974-77), defensive tackle Reggie White of Tennessee (1980-83) and tight end Kellen Winslow of Missouri (1976-78)-and 2 coaches, Earle Bruce of Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa and Colorado (1972-92) and Carmen Cozza of Yale (1965-96).
Regarded as one of the greatest safeties ever to play the game, Lott was a unanimous All-American at USC in 1980. A 4-year letterman (1977-80), he had 250 tackles and 14 interceptions in his career and led the NCAA in interceptions in 1980 with 8. He helped USC to the 1978 national championship and played in the 1979 and 1980 Rose Bowls. A first round NFL draft pick, he played 15 seasons (1981-95) in the NFL with the 49ers, Raiders, Jets and Chiefs while appearing in 4 Super Bowls.