Lofton Set for Hall of a Time

San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton is one of the finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2003 as announced by the NFL on Monday. The list consists of 15 potential members.

Lofton just completed his first year as receivers coach for the Chargers. Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer named James Lofton as the team's wide receivers coach on February 20, 2002. It is Lofton's first coaching assignment. Previously Lofton spent the past eight years in broadcasting.

James Lofton began his NFL playing career with the Green Bay Packers as he was selected in the first round, 6th overall and played there from 1978-1986 before joining the Los Angeles Raiders (1987-1988), the Buffalo Bills (1989-1992), the Los Angeles Rams (1993) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1993). He played a total of 16 seasons, totaling 233 games.

His career totals include 764 catches for 14,004 yards (18.3 avg.) and 75 touchdowns. At the conclusion of his playing career, Lofton's 764 receptions ranked 10th in league history, while his 14,004 yards was second in NFL annals to only Jerry Rice, who now has 21,597 career receiving yards.

Lofton attended Stanford where he totaled 68 catches for 1,216 yards (17.9 avg.). In 1977, he set the school single-season record with 12 touchdown receptions.

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