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Helmets Off

Jan 23, 2018

One of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, 4-time Super Bowl Champion, Pro-Bowler, All-Pro and Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott joined the show and Scott started out by reflecting on a time when Scott was with the Miami Dolphins and he was with the New York Jets and they played each other and Scott talked to Ronnie after the game.  Ronnie remembers the instance and enjoyed the conversation. 

Scott comes out of the gates talking about having a part of his pinkie removed in order to keep playing football and some reports were out there about if he was queasy or if he was a tough guy.  Ronnie was trying to be tough but he was queasy when he had to have a part of his finger removed.  Ronnie was always driven to earn the respect of his peers when he played football and even in life.

There was a rumor out there that in high school that Ronnie didn’t ever lift weights.  Ronnie said that it was false and he lifted weights.  He also played 4 sports in high school.  He and Scott were similar in high school as both played Safety and Quarterback, was Ronnie any good as a quarterback in high school?  No, he didn’t think he was.

He and the great Marcus Allen at USC were in conversation as to who would start at Running Back and at Safety.  Ronnie is glad that Marcus chose to play Running Back.  Ronnie and Marcus were also roommates at USC with Dennis Smith.

Ronnie played for the San Francisco 49ers where he won 4 Super Bowls and did not lose a Super Bowl while he was in the bay area.  He realized they were going to be a dynasty is just when they put in a lot of work and started at the bottom and moving their way up.  Winning all of those Super Bowls never got old for Ronnie Lott, because of all of the hard work that they put in and having it pay off by winning a championship.  Everyday is a new opportunity to write a new book is what Ronnie always kept in mind.  All 4 Super Bowls were special in their own unique way.

As a safety, Scott asked him about what former Ute and current New Orleans Saints Rookie Safety Marcus Williams missed a big tackle in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs and he feels bad for him and knows that he will be better because of it and Ronnie had moments like that in his career. He really hopes to be able to meet him.

Ronnie Lott was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2000.  What was it like to be inducted into the hall of fame?  It was a great honor and what he was trying to do was helped keep the road paved that was laid before him by other legends.

Ronnie Lott was just named to the 2018 College Football Playoff Selection Committee and he considers it a huge honor but he knows that he has so much to learn but is really excited to be a part of it.

It’s time for the Gauntlet of Truth.  What era and team would he have loved to play for?  He says the Green Bay Packers led by the legend Vince Lombardi.  His biggest regret in life is that he has a lot of regrets but knows that he isn’t perfect.  His biggest takeaways in life and the what he wants to be remembered by is that he exhausted every opportunity in life.  His biggest influence other than his wife is Bill Walsh and John Robinson. Bill Walsh made an impact on him because of how great the 49ers offense was and it really challenged Ronnie and the defense when they practiced.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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