As one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, Ronnie Lott is understandably biased about the importance of the position, but he backs his case with some examples that are tough to argue against.
"To win a Super Bowl, you better have some defensive backs," Lott says. "And if you don't believe it, go back and look at the history of the game. If you look at the history of the game, and you examine who played in the secondaries of all the Super Bowl teams, there were some incredible athletes."
Check out this interview to see which players Lott cites by name:
Based on Lott's premise, the Seahawks might have the edge on the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Both of Seattle's starting safeties, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, were Pro Bowl selections this season. Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung of New England were not.