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Quotes by Dick Lane
“My object is to stop the guy with the ball before he gains another inch.”

“I thought it was pretty good to be mentioned in a big paper, so I decided to keep the nickname,” -- Dick “Night Train” Lane commenting on the published headline, "Rookie Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane derails Charlie ‘Choo Choo’ Justice.”

"I was a small, very wiry kid so therefore nobody gave me a ghost of a chance of making it. But I had a big heart."

Quotes about Dick Lane
"He was a great, gentle giant. He was the prototype for all big cornerbacks. His record of 14 interceptions -- nobody will break that for years to come."
-- Lem Barney

"Train will always be the Godfather of cornerbacks. He was as large as some linemen of his era. He also was agile and very fast. His tackling was awesome. He did the clothesline and other tackles that just devastated the ballcarrier."
-- Lem Barney

“I played with him and against him, and he was the best I've ever seen."
-- Former New York Giants kicker Pat Summerall

"He was probably most proud of the fact that with really nothing more than a high school education he walked on to the Rams, back when it was fairly tough time for a black man to do that, and ended up in the Hall of Fame"
-- Chuck Carroll

"Train had great size and speed. I have never seen anyone with the type of closing speed on a receiver that he had. Train took pride in getting to the receiver and making the tackle. He also was a true team player. Whatever he did, he did it for the team."
-- Joe Schmidt, a fellow Hall of Famer and teammate of Lane's with the Lions.

“I played with him and against him, and he was the best I’ve ever seen.”
-- former Detroit Lions and New York Giants kicker Pat Summerall

“Sure, Dick gets burned once in a while, but he comes up with the big play a lot of times, too. I’d say, percentage –wise, he’s way ahead of the game.”
-- Joe Schmidt, a fellow Hall of Famer and teammate of Lane's with the Lions.

“Night Train and Dick Butkus - they’d hurt you when they hit you.”
-- Alex Hawkins

"Night Train Lane was the best defensive back to ever play the game. I tried to pattern my game after him because he was the best. He could have played any one of the four (secondary) positions. I've never seen a defensive back hit the way he hit - I mean take them down, whether it be Jim Taylor or Jim Brown."
-- Herb Adderley

“The best cornerback I’ve ever seen.”
-- Vince Lombardi

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