2. Ronnie Lott, S, NY Jets
Ronnie Lott is a Hall of Fame safety who is mostly remembered for his time with the San Francisco 49ers. He was a four-time Super Bowl champion and was also selected to the Pro Bowl a whopping 10 times.
Lott earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitters and one of the best open-field tacklers in the history of the NFL. Lott played for the 49ers from 1981 to 1990.
During that 10-year period, he accumulated 721 combined tackles, 51 interceptions, and 12 fumble recoveries.
After his time in San Francisco, Lott spent two years with the Oakland Raiders and in 1993 signed a two-year contract with the Jets. Lott proved to be invaluable as a mentor and a leader for a team in need of a culture change.
The Jets signed Ronnie Lott with the intent of proving that they were committed to winning, and in his first season with the team, the Jets improved from a 4-12 record the previous year, to 8-8 in 1993.
In his two seasons with the Jets, Lott had a total of 229 combined tackles including a career-best 123 in 1993. He also had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Lott retired after the 1994 season but proved that he had plenty left in the tank during his time with the Jets.