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Ronnie Lott was driven by the murmurs of prior NFL greats when he was ranked No. 19 — ‘He was a destroyer.’

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8.”Get off my grass!” grumpy old men have been yelling since after WWII, when suburban lawns began to sprout across the American landscape.
In the late 1970s, a teen Ronnie Lott received the treatment in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood, and as tough as he was, it sent shivers down his spine.
That’s because the message wasn’t delivered by a doddery old man with a pair of pruning shears.
Lott had just begun off at USC,”I must have been 18 or 19,” he said. He and roommate Marcus Allen had heard about a massive party Brown was hosting in Beverly Hills and decided to see if they could get in.
Lott recalls queuing outside with a swarm of would-be partygoers expecting to bask in the radiance of Brown, who had been out of football for more than a decade and had lately appeared in films alongside Raquel Welch and Jacqueline Bisset.
Lott felt a strong tap on his shoulder at that point.
“Hey!” he said as he looked up and saw Brown.
Get out of my lawn!
During a phone conversation with The Athletic, Lott recalled two events.
Lott took in the man’s pure magnificence — the big hands, the boulder-like shoulders — and realized the amount of work he’d have to put in to become an NFL legend in his own right.