Lofton Added To Ring Of Fame


In January, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Lofton was selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tuesday, he found a permanent place inside Lambeau Field.

In recognition of his Hall of Fame selection, Lofton became the 20th individual to have his name displayed as part of Lambeau Field's ring of fame.

Added Tuesday morning, the Lofton lettering is in the northwest corner of the stadium interior, neighboring that of Robert "Cal" Hubbard.

The first NFL player to catch a touchdown pass in the 70s, 80s and 90s, Lofton is the Packers' all-time leader in receiving yards.

His enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will take place August 3.

To be inducted alongside Lofton are running back Marcus Allen, defensive end Elvin Bethea, offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure and coach Hank Stram.

The Packers' total of 20 Hall of Famers trails only the Chicago Bears' 26.

James Lofton - Wide Receiver . . .6-3, 192 . . .Stanford . . .1978-1986 Green Bay Packers, 1987-1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1989-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1993 Philadelphia Eagles . . .16 seasons, 233 games . . .An Academic All-America choice at Stanford as well as an accomplished track star . . .Selected by Green Bay in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1978 NFL Draft . . .A deep-threat receiver, he possessed both speed and great hands . . .Nine times he recorded more than 50 receptions in a season. . .Was the first NFL player to score a touchdown in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. . . In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards - an NFL record at the time of his retirement - and 75 touchdowns . . .Lofton's 43 games with 100-plus receiving yardage was third best at time of retirement . . .Led Packers in receptions each year except one (1979) . . .Six times he gained more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season . . .At age 35 became the oldest NFL player to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season . . .Named All-Pro four times, All-NFC three times, and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls. . .Born July 5, 1956, at Fort Ord, California.

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