Ronnie Lot was one of the most athletically gifted defensive backs in the history of the NFL, able to play cornerback or either safety position as well as anyone. But his ability to intimidate opposing defenses was second to none. Former defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes believes that Lott is singlehandedly responsible for eliminating Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods from the game plan. When Lott’s 49ers played Woods’ Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII, Rhodes said that Lott laid a hit on Woods with such force that “it just knocked Ickey’s spark right out of him. The game turned right then because Ickey just didn’t run with the same authority after that.” And, of course, everyone is familiar with the story of Lott having his broken pinkie finger amputated in April 1986, so he wouldn’t miss any playing time.