"Night Train" Lane isn't a name the average fan may know, but they should. Not only is he one of the greatest cornerbacks the game has ever seen, or one of the greatest defensive players ever, Lane is one of the greatest football players ever, regardless of position.
As a child, Lane was literally found by a woman in a dumpster, she took him in and raised him. After high school, he went to Junior College for a year, but dropped out to join the military. In 1962, at the age of 24, Lane showed up at the Rams training camp looking for a job. He tried out as a receiver, but was switched to cornerback and made the team.
In his first season, he snagged 14 interceptions, which was and still is an NFL record, and he did that in a twelve-game season. He played one more season with the Rams before being traded to the Cardinals and later the Lions.
In 14 seasons, "Night Train" had 68 picks and 1,207 interception return yards. He made seven Pro Bowls and was selected a first team All-Pro three times. Though he was snubbed from both honors several times in his career (most likely because he was a black player in the 50's and 60's).
Not only was Lane a great cover man and ball hawk, he was one of the most vicious hitters the game has ever seen. He loved derailing opponents at the head and neck, which was a legal play at the time, this was known as the "Night Train Necktie."
"Night Train" was the top-ranked defensive back on the Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest NFL Players, and was ranked No. 2 on the NFL Network's list of most devastating hitters.
If they made a movie about "Night Train's" life and career, I would be the first in line to watch it.