🏈A Day in History.
Today James Lofton, formerly the receiver of several NFL clubs, a member of the 1980s national team and the Professional Football Hall of Fame, is sixty-four years old.
James David Lofton was born 5July 1956 in California. In Los Angeles, he graduated from the George Washington School, for whose team he played quarterback and safety. At Stanford University, James retrained as a host. Over the three seasons of his student career, he caught 1216 yards with 16 touchdowns. Also in 1978, Lofton won the NCAA Long Jump Championships.
In a draft in the same year 1978, Packers chose him under a common sixth number. James spent nine years on the team — most of his career. In his debut season, he joined the NFL rookie team. As a Green Bay player, he was invited to Probele seven times, including in a row from 1980 to 1985. In 1981, he got into the first All-Pro team for the only time in his career. In total, Packers Lofton scored 9656 yards at the reception and for a long time was the leader in this indicator in the history of the franchise. In the 2000s, his result was blocked by Donald Driver.
Then Lofton played for the Raiders, Bills, Rams and Eagles. In total, he spent seventeen seasons in the league. In 1991, he became the oldest player to score 1,000 yards per season (this achievement was later taken away by Jerry Rice). Then he became the leader of the league by the number of yards at the reception for a career and remained with him until its completion. James scored 14004 yards in the regular championships - he was the first player ever to reach that mark. Lofton is also the second player in history to have made at least one touchdown in each of the decades: the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
In 1993, he completed his career, ten years later he was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Lofton also enters the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. In the late 1990s, he briefly worked as a radio commentator, after which he returned to the NFL as a coach. From 2002 to 2007, he served as a receiver trainer for the San Diego Chargers. Before the start of the 2007 season, James was also among the candidates for the head coach at Auckland Raiders, but then El Davis chose to hire Lane Kiffin. In 2008, Lofton ended up in Auckland and worked there as a host coach. Then he returned to the radio again. Since 2017, James has been working in the team of analysts at the NFL on CBS program.