The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Ford Motor Company are partners in a program which honors the hometown roots of football's greatest players. "This is a great honor for Eisenhower High School and for our students," said Principal of Eisenhower High School, Scott Sparks, who is also a former student, teacher, coach, and current resident of the city of Rialto. "This honor shows our current students, as well as our future students, that successful people do come from our schools, including Eisenhower High School." Lott, who was a cornerback, freesafety, and strong safety in the NFL for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s, was invited back to Eisenhower High School in 2009, when the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education approved renaming the high school stadium after him.
Lott was a first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. He played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He earned four Super Bowl rings, ending his career with the 49ers. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is considered one of the best of all time at the safety position in NFL history. Lott was also the winner of the 1977 Ken Hubbs Award (awarded to the San Bernardino County’s top male high school athlete).