Ronnie Lott was born in Albuquerque as the son of a military man, and the family moved around for 10 years before winding up in Rialto, CA, in the San Fernando Valley east of L.A. Roy, his father, said: ”We had rough times. But I said I was going to be involved in my kids’ lives, and Ronnie got a hold of that. I put in him the idea that God would take care of him if he was a good person.”
Roy Lott said Ronnie once got a pair of P. F. Flyers sneakers, pledged that he would fly wearing them, and jumped off the second story of their apartment building. He landed on a first-floor landing. His mom said: ”Ronnie is straight up, and there is no softness to it. He has huge winds that come with him.”
After his playing career ended, Lott spent some time as a TV analyst, kept running All Stars Helping Kids, started managing private equity, and raised his son, Ryan Nece, who became a linebacker with Tampa Bay and Detroit. A hedge fund he and Harris Barton help run, called HRJ Capital Holdings, has struggled severely in the last few months and may be going under.