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2003 Inductee

Career Highlights

When he retired in 1993, his total of 14,004 yards was No. 1 all-time.

Selected to eight Pro Bowls (1979, 1981-86, 1992), named All-Pro four times and All-NFC three times.

First player to score a touchdown in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

James Lofton's speed and soft hands made him an immediate deep-threat receiver from the moment he entered the pros in 1978.

It was something he would remain throughout his long career with the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. In 16 seasons, Lofton caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards – an average of 18.3 yards per catch. His 14,004 career-reception yardage mark was an NFL best at the time of his retirement, while his 43 games with 100 or more yards receiving ranked third.

In 1987, Lofton was traded to the Raiders, and two years later joined the Bills. In Buffalo, he reemerged as one of the game's premier deep-threats.

In 1991, at the age of 35, the still-speedy receiver became the oldest player in league history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Extremely durable, Lofton was the first NFL player to score a touchdown in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Many of his 75 touchdown receptions came on long passes when he simply outran the opposition.