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November 17, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Students who filled the gymnasium at Los Angeles Washington Prep on Thursday learned that future Hall of Famers don't always start out as high school sports standouts. That was the story told by Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Lofton , Washington class of 1974. Lofton, who caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards in a 16-year NFL career and was an NCAA long jump champion at Stanford, explained that he was a backup quarterback on the B team as a 10th grader and a reserve basketball player on the C team who quit the team.
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November 17, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Students who filled the gymnasium at Los Angeles Washington Prep on Thursday learned that future Hall of Famers don't always start out as high school sports standouts. That was the story told by Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Lofton , Washington class of 1974. Lofton, who caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards in a 16-year NFL career and was an NCAA long jump champion at Stanford, explained that he was a backup quarterback on the B team as a 10th grader and a reserve basketball player on the C team who quit the team.
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June 21, 1987 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Time hangs ominously in an upstairs room of the Brown County Courthouse, where the next word spoken can mean 10 years. Mini-cams are trained on the accused. Visitors squirm on hardwood benches. James Lofton sits erect and waits. This is a rape case. He's the defendant. Oh no, this just can't be happening.
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February 4, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
No one ever accused Jerry West of shooting too much. . . . While scoring more points than any player in franchise history other than Kobe Bryant , West led the Lakers in shot attempts only four times in 14 seasons. . . . Bryant, leading the Lakers in shots for the 10th consecutive season, is on pace to lead the NBA for the fourth time in five. . . . Surprisingly, though, Mr. Clutch hoisted shots at about the same rate as Bryant, averaging more than 20 a game. . . . Bryant, since becoming a starter, has averaged 21. . . . In a USA Today poll asking readers to pick a favorite between Bryant and LeBron James , 56% opted for James, 28% picked Bryant and 11% refused to choose.
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September 28, 1989
Wide receiver James Lofton, waived recently by the Raiders, was signed by the Buffalo Bills.
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May 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
As expected, the Raiders signed veteran receiver James Lofton to a three-year, $1.8-million deal.
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April 18, 1987
If James Lofton is convicted and sent to jail for sexual assault, I wonder if he will get permission to play for the Raiders on weekends. RICHARD A. HARMETZ San Diego
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January 15, 1991 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Raider Coach Art Shell said defensive end Howie Long's broken right thumb should not pose a problem. Safety Eddie Anderson was kicked in the thigh during Sunday's game but is expected to be OK. Linebacker Tom Benson strained a muscle in his arm but should also be ready come Sunday. If the Raiders win in Buffalo Sunday, they probably will fly home that night and fly to Tampa for the Super Bowl Monday. James Lofton, released by the Raiders in 1989, has found new life in Buffalo at age 34.
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December 18, 1986 | Associated Press
Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Lofton was accused today of sexually assaulting a woman in a stairwell and the Green Bay Packers suspended him shortly after his arrest. The nine-year veteran was arrested at home about 7:30 a.m. and booked at the Brown County Jail on a charge of second-degree sexual assault. Coach Forrest Gregg said the suspension was effective for the National Football League team's final game Saturday against the New York Giants and would be reviewed following the season.
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September 23, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
Wide receiver James Lofton, cut by the Raiders last month, signed with the Rams after a workout Wednesday morning. Lofton, 37, a 16-year veteran who played in the last three Super Bowls with Buffalo, had missed a tryout with the Rams last May because of a scheduling mistake. "I had come down here earlier but we kind of got the days mixed up," he said. "I was here a week too early." Instead, he signed with the Raiders, who cut him Aug. 30 when they trimmed their roster to 47 players.
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August 12, 1993 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was nervous time for Al Davis. No, it wasn't a big game. Or even an exhibition game. Not even a scrimmage. It was the end of a workout on the Raiders' practice field. Players traditionally close out the day with sprints back and forth across the field. Davis, the Raiders' owner, had his eyes focused on the receivers. Leading the pack in quick bursts across the bright, green grass were Willie Gault and James Lofton. "Slow down, slow down," Davis muttered.
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May 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
As expected, the Raiders signed veteran receiver James Lofton to a three-year, $1.8-million deal.
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May 8, 1993 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Raiders reacquired veteran receiver James Lofton on Friday. Lofton, an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills, has agreed to a two-year, $1.8-million contract. The deal is expected to be made official Monday. "I'm going to make an announcement on Monday on what I'm going to do," Lofton said. But then he added, "I'm committed to the Raiders."
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April 30, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
James Lofton, the NFL's all-time leader in receiving yards with 13,086 on 750 receptions, will not be offered a new contract, the Buffalo Bills said. Lofton, who played for the Bills the last four seasons, became a free agent in March.
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September 7, 1992 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As far as 100 or so relatives, former teammates and friends of James Lofton were concerned, it was now or never. They had gathered Sunday at Rich Stadium to see the Bills' receiver establish the NFL's all-time record for receiving yards and, as Lofton put it, "I wasn't going to buy them all a ticket to San Francisco for next week's game."
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January 21, 1987 | Associated Press
Green Bay Packers player James Lofton must stand trial on a charge of second-degree sexual assault, a judge ruled today after hearing testimony from a woman who said the football star attacked her in a hotel stairwell. Brown County Circuit Judge Alexander Grant accepted Lofton's plea of innocent at the close of a three-hour preliminary hearing, and set trial for May 18.
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January 23, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
He is, certifiably, one of the three best to play his position, wide receiver. Only one guy in pro football history--Steve Largent, no less--has more total yards receiving--and that lead is only 55 yards. Only three guys have more career receptions: Largent, Charlie Joiner and Art Monk. And, yet, the Washington Redskin cornerbacks Sunday may be pardoned for feeling they are dealing with a ghost--a galloping ghost at that.
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December 6, 1991 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some days it doesn't pay to get up. Raider cornerback Lionel Washington awoke last Jan. 20 in Buffalo, wrapped a very sore hamstring, pretended it didn't hurt, then set out to cover former teammate James Lofton in the AFC Championship game. At Rich Stadium, the wily Lofton was already sniffing for clues. In pregame warm-ups, he picked up Washington's scent and circled his wounded prey. "I don't like to say that I was hurt," Washington said, "but I was, and he knew it.
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