Ronnie Lott, Defensive Back
Career Stats with 49ers: 721 tackles, 5.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, 12 fumbles recovered, 51 interceptions, five touchdowns
Perhaps no other defensive player in 49ers history commanded more respect and had more of the intimidation factor that Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott.
In the days when safeties could actually hit, Lott was about as fierce a punisher coming over the middle, certainly instilling fear in the minds of opposing receivers about to haul in a catch. But he was more than just a big hitter.
Lott was the epitome of a ballhawk defensive back, logging 51 interceptions with San Francisco before tabbing 12 more with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, Lott would be placed right where President Theodore Roosevelt’s head would be on this iconic monument.
And just like Roosevelt, who didn’t take flak from anyone, Lott’s stone face would still possess a great deal of intimidation.