Ronnie Lott has been a champion and a leader his entire life. Today, nearly 15 years after his retirement from professional football, he continues to be revered by coaches and players at all levels for his superb dedication, constant all-out effort, incredible tackling ability, and his genuine heart and soul. He is also highly respected within the community for his long history of off-the-field philanthropic involvement. From his early playing days at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California, there was little doubt that Ronnie would become a football star. As a defensive back, he played with relentless passion and tenacity, and had a “sixth sense” for understanding how a play was developing and finding football. He was notorious for breaking up passes and making precision tackles in the open field.
Ronnie Lott’s legendary career included four Super Bowl titles and 10 Pro-Bowl appearances. He is one of only five 49ers to play on all of the team’s 1980’s Super Bowl wins. (the others are QB Joe Montana, LB Keena Turner, CB Eric Wright, and WR Mike Wilson.) He retired from professional football in 1994 after having played 10 seasons with the 49ers, plus additional years with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. In 1994, he was selected as the Safety for the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Ronnie continues these traits after retirement where he has given back to his community through the non-profit organization he founded in 1989. All Stars Helping Kids, which supports disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area and throughout the nation. What began as a passion to better the lives of at-risk kids in the San Francisco Bay Area has grown into a movement armed at leveling the playing field for children in low-income communities nationwide. To date, All Stars Helping Kids has raised over 20 million dollars for disadvantaged youth. In 2008, All Stars was named outstanding charity in Catholic Charities.
Ronnie is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. Ronnie and his wife, Karen, reside in Cupertino with their three children.