NFL legend Ronnie Lott is a four-time Super Bowl champion and first-ballot Hall of Famer. During a brilliant 14-year career, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty teams of the 1980s, Lott was among the most-feared players in the gridiron world.
The legend of Ronnie Lott includes 10 Pro Bowl appearance and a finger amputation in order to help his team on the football world. That latter point made the USC product a larger-than-life figure to generations of football fans.
When Lott talks football, it would behoove us to listen. He did just that joining Rich Salgado on the Big Daddy & Friends podcast focusing on the upcoming NFL Playoffs while giving us a prediction of who will play against one another in Super Bowl LV this coming February.
Ronnie Lott talks the Kansas City Chiefs
“Kansas City is obviously the one team everyone is asking can they repeat? They got a great quarterback. They got a great defense. They got guys I admire because of the way they just play the game.”
While it’s not a surprise Lott would look at the Chiefs as the top team in the AFC, his focus on the NFC covered three teams. That conference is expected to be more wide open once the NFL Playoffs start.
Ronnie Lott talks the NFC and Super Bowl LV
“On the other hand, who is coming out of the NFC? You got Green Bay,” Lott continued. “You got the Saints. You know, you have TB (Tampa Bay). What I think about that team, is that you think about the talent, and they got some people who can find a way to beat you and beat you in a way…playing fast or they can beat you playing slow.”
Green Bay joins the Chiefs in having one of two first-round byes in the coming playoffs. It’s a different story than previous seasons in that the NFL expanded its playoff field to seven teams per conference. This should give both the Chiefs and Packers an upper-hand once the divisional round of the playoffs come calling.
It seems like Lott agrees.
“It’s going to come down to the team that’s able to get the turnovers. That’s able to find ways to execute in the fourth quarter. Especially if you’re playing a team like (Patrick Mahomes) and Kansas City,” he continued. “You have to find a way not to give up the big plays. So there are things you’ve got to prevent people from not doing and if you can prevent them from not doing, it gives you a shot. So, right now I am going to go with Kansas City. And because the kid is from Cal, and I am a big fan, I am going with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.”
The Packers’ ascension up the ranks of elite teams starts and ends with likely NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. Here’s a dude that completed 70.7% of his passes with 4,299 yards to go with 51 total touchdowns and five interceptions in one of the greatest regular-season performances for a quarterback in modern NFL history.
Even as one of the greatest defenders in league history, Ronnie Lott knows full well that the quarterback position stands above everything else. In picking Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers to go head-to-head in Super Bowl LV, he’s making that clear.
To be honest, it would be one of the greatest Super Bowl matchups of quarterbacks in league history. In fact, it would compare favorably when Joe Montana led Lott’s 49ers squad to a 38-16 win over Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. That game saw Montana throw for 331 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The objective football fan in all of us would love to see that Chiefs-Packers matchup. Let’s hope for the sake of entertainment, Ronnie Lott is correct with his prediction.