James Lofton

James David Lofton (July 5, 1956 - ) was a track & field and football star in high school and college, and he won the long jump competition at the 1978 NCAA Track and Field Championships on a "wind-assisted" 26 feet 11-3/4 inch jump. James was an Academic All-American with at Stanford University, lettering in both track & field and football.  He compiled 1,010 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on 57 receptions in his senior year. The Green Bay Packers made James the sixth overall pick of the 1978 NFL Drafts. Lofton was an immediate success, leading the Packers wide receivers in receptions in his first year and every year he played in Green Bay, except 1979. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie team after catching 46 passes for 818 yards and six touchdowns. He played 16 years in the NFL with the packers (1978-1986), the Los Angeles Raiders (1987-1988), the Buffalo Bills (1989-1992) and the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams in 1993 to finish his career.

James Lofton was the first player in NFL history for score a touchdown in the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s and was the first wide receiver to amass 14,000 receiving yards. In 1981, he was named to the NFL All-Pro First Team and played in his third of eight NFL Pro Bowls. Lofton led the NFL twice in yards after reception and collected 1,000 receiving yards six times, his last occurring in 1991 at the age of 35 making him the oldest player to have 1,000 receiving yards. James was a member of three AFC Champion Buffalo Bills teams (1990-1992). When James Lofton ended his career he was the all-time leading pass receiver in NFL history with 14,004 yards adding 75 touchdowns on 764 receptions. He scored a total of 456 points on his 75 receiving TDs and one rushing touchdown. James Lofton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Following his playing days, he served as a wide receiver coach for the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.


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