Talk of Fame Network
One of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL and one of the shrewdest judges of talent are this week’s guests on the Talk of Fame Network radio show.
Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott and former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors — join Rick, Ron and Clark as they launch the first of their five-part Dynasty series and examine what exactly happened this week to put Wolf and Bill Polian on paths to Canton.
Wolf, who admitted he was “speechless” when told of his nomination, reviews how he brought quarterback Brett Favre and Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Reggie White to Green Bay — and reveals how he might not have had one of them without the help of a local restaurant.
“We had a lot of people selling (Reggie White, then an unrestricted free agent) on the Green Bay Packers,” he said. “When he flew into Green Bay, he was picked up in a SUV, and it was snowing. He was taken to a fish house … the Red Lobster … and ordered catfish. In those days, they didn’t filet catfish. (But) whoever the owner was stopped by and welcomed him to Green Bay and said, ‘If you sign with the Packers we’ll have filleted catfish.’ ”
So, then, Red Lobster deserves some of the credit for bringing him to Green Bay?
“It might’ve also have had something to do with the money we paid him,” Wolf said.
Lott, who was such an accomplished defensive back he was part of two all-decade teams, dropped a minor bombshell when he nominated the 1981 San Francisco 49ers — the first to win a Super Bowl — as the most memorable of the four Lombardi Trophy winners he played on and the one he’d nominate for induction to the Hall of Fame.
“The ’81 team was an incredible team because we found a way to persevere,” he said, “and we found a way to become a great team. The ’88 team was the most talented team, and the ’84 team was a very talented team. Both of those teams were arguably some of the best teams in the history of football. But the ’81 team was a lot like a lot of things in life where you find a group of people that can change the world and come together, and that’s exactly what we did. And that mantra became the battle cry for that organization through the ’80s and ’90s.”
Clark, Rick and Ron choose their own favorite 49ers’ teams, while Rick tries to talk anxious New Orleans fans in off the ledge with his Dr. Data segment, Ron makes a Hall-of-Fame case for Green Bay’s Sterling Sharpe and all three debate the importance of playoff numbers in baseball vs. football. All this and more on this week’s edition of the Talk of Fame Network radio show.
(Photo courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)