Niners draft history- 1981


With the 8th pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Ronnie Lott, cornerback out of the University of Southern California. The future Hall of Famer would spend 10 seasons of his accomplished career with the 49ers, before making appearances for the Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs. Lott is considered one of the greatest first round picks ever, not only for the 49ers, but in NFL history. Ronnie would make an instant impact as he made 10 Pro-Bowl appearances in his first 11 seasons in the league, was an 8 time First-Team All-Pro, and was a member of 4 Super Bowl winning teams. He would play both the cornerback and safety position in his 14 years in the league, and there was nobody as good as he was in the secondary. Lott, a hard hitter, was not one to be reckoned with. Lott, not wanting to miss a game, had the tip of a finger amputated.  He recorded 63 interceptions and 5 touchdowns in his career. Lott was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. His #42 jersey is now retired by the 49ers.

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