Two more 49ers named to college Hall

Former 49ers Ronnie Lott and Terry Beasley were named Wednesday as two of 15 men from the NCAA Division I-A level that will comprise the Class of 2002 at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Another former Niners star, tight end Brent Jones, also was named on April 29 to join the Hall. Jones was a 1985 All-American and a three-time all-conference performer at Division II Santa Clara, which no longer fields a football team.

Lott is an obvious selection to join this elite group of former college players, since he is considered one of the best safeties ever to play the college game. He was a consensus All-American and All-Pac-10 selection as a junior and senior, which proved to be prelude for his pro career, when he was selected to 10 Pro Bowls with the 49ers from 1981-90 and ended his career as arguably the greatest safety to play in the NFL.

Beasley was the Niners' first-round draft pick in 1972, but he never lived up to the promise he showed in college. During four checkered seasons with the Niners from 1972-75, Beasley could crack the starting lineup only in 1975, when he started six times.

It was different for Beasley at Auburn, where he broke numerous school and Southeastern Conference records despite playing only three seasons. He was a consensus All-America selection in 1971 after ending his college career with SEC records for receptions (143) receiving yards (2,507) and receiving touchdowns (29).


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