Wide receiver James Lofton’s impressive 16 year career spanned three decades, from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, which allowed him to witness first hand the evolution of the pass heavy offense that we recognize today. While almost everyone known that current all-time receiving yardage record is held by Jerry Rice few realize that it was Lofton’s record of 14,004 yards that Rice had to break in order jump to the top of this particular statistical category.
When he came out of college James Lofton was known more for his achievement on the track than he was for what he did on the football field. Lofton was a respected sprinter at Stanford University and it was the skills he learned on the track that allowed him to excel as a wide receiver both in the NFL and while in college. As a senior at Stanford in addition to compiling