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What Makes a Champion?
What makes an athlete courageous? Staying in the game at all costs or sitting out when physical safety is at risk? What would one of the fiercest tacklers in NFL history say?
October 9, 2014
Mayer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
No one has ever doubted the courage of Ronnie Lott, a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and Hall of Famer. Lott's professional football career spanned 14 seasons, from 1981 to 1995, during which he won four Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers. Lott made more than 1,000 tackles as a cornerback and safety in the NFL. Since his illustrious football career, the 55-year-old Lott has done some thinking about the degenerative brain disease that can result from the sort of hard hits he so frequently laid on opponents. And he realizes that he, himself, is a prime candidate for brain disease.
Lott is known as a tireless advocate for children. His nonprofit, All Stars Helping Kids, has raised more than 20 million dollars to improve the lives of at-risk young people in the Bay Area. He is a coach and catalyst for other athletes who strive to mak e their own communities better.
Lott is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received a bachelor's degree in public administration. He is the author of #SportsTweet: What I Learned from Coaches About Sports and Life, an inspirational book of tweets about sports. In 2013, he delivered the keynote address at a symposium examining head trauma in sports, which was hosted by Santa Clara University's Institute of Sports Law and Ethics. Lott is also a member of the advisory board of SCU's Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy, and has a son and daughter currently attending Santa Clara University.