Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 3 – Ronnie Lott
Career Stats with 49ers: 721 tackles, 5.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, 12 fumbles recovered, 51 interceptions, five touchdowns
Put simply, Ronnie Lott was one of the greatest defenders in NFL history. No matter what it took, he’d do everything in his power to help the 49ers win. Yes, he even went as far as cutting off part of his pinky finger in order to avoid missing playing time.
Lott made his impact on the NFL with devastating hits and a knack for creating turnovers. He made receivers afraid to cross the middle of the field, often punishing anyone who dared enter his zone. That tenacious play earned him countless Pro Bowl nods and five All-Pro selections.
It’s no surprise Lott was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. Then again, I doubt anyone could come up with a reason to not immortalize him in Canton.
There have only been a handful of safeties in NFL history who had the type of impact Lott did for the 49ers. Realistically, there may never be a safety who strikes fear in opponents the way he did during his ten years in San Francisco.