Richard "Dick" Lane is best known for being a standout defensive back in professional football who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League and established records that still stand today. During his rookie season, Lane established the record for most interceptions in a season when he picked off fourteen. The record still stands today, despite the NFL season being several games longer and offenses being much more pass oriented.
Lane was known for not only taking the ball away from the offense, but also his bone-jarring hits. To best determine his stature in professional football history, one only has to refer to what his peers had to say about him:
". . . Richard 'Night Train" Lane. I played with him and against him. He was the best I've ever seen." Pat Summerall - Sports Commentator & NFL Player
"Train was the greatest defensive back that ever played the game. Period." - Red Hickey - Head Coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1959 to 1968.