After the first spring practice of USC football's offseason, there was quite a bit of positivity and good vibes going around the program. Things reportedly went great for Caleb Williams and company, and the optimism around the Lincoln Riley era just keeps on growing.
Something else happened after the practice, however, that caught major attention as well. That was former Trojan and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott speaking to the team after the day was over:
The gesture of Lott being at practice and speaking to the team was enough. The message he gave to the squad made his appearance even more exciting, however:
Ronnie Lott's message to the USC football program was all about making sacrifices to be great.
Ronnie Lott made it clear that he knows at least one of the USC football players out there has greatness in him, but it's up to him to bring it out of himself. He reiterated that in order to achieve that greatness, attention to details, and mastery of the little things was necessary.
After all, the former No. 8 overall NFL Draft pick out of SC would know. He certainly got all the greatness out of himself at USC, as he once famously had an EIGHT interception season for the Trojans. He also got all of his greatness out in the NFL, as he made six First-Team All-Pro teams in the NFL as BOTH a corner (once) and a safety (five times).
Sacrifice is certainly something that Lott gets; as he once even chopped off his finger on the sideline during an NFL game so that he could go back in and play. These types of sacrifices that it took for Lott certainly paid off; as he was one of the best players on four different Super Bowl-winning teams.
It's great to see legends around the program again. This is now the third Pro Football Hall Of Famer to be at USC football workouts in the past couple of months, and hearing these types of speeches will certainly help the players in the near and distant future.