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Lance A. Schulters (born May 27, 1975) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hofstra.

Lance Schulters
No. 30, 31
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1975-05-27) May 27, 1975 (age 44)
Guyana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College:Hofstra
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:537
Interceptions:19
Passes Defended:38
Forced fumbles:4
Player stats at NFL.com

A Pro Bowl selection with the 1999 San Francisco 49ers, Schulters has also been a member of the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

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College careerEdit

Schulters attended Canarsie High School where he played football under coach Mike Camardese. Schulters moved on to Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-year starter. He then transferred to Hofstra University.

On December 31, 2012 it was announced that Schulters will be in the Hofstra Hall of Fame Class of 2013.[1]

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Schulters played the first four seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. After winning the starting free safety job in the first week of the 1999-2000 season from aging Pro Bowl safety Merton Hanks,[2] Schulters played a major role in the 49ers' first win of the season, in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints at home, intercepting a pass from Billy Joe Hobert and returning it 64 yards for a dramatic touchdown that broke a 21-21 tie with 1:31 left in the game.[3] Schulters finished the season with six interceptions returned for 121 yards while starting in 13 games for the 49ers, earning himself a trip to the Pro Bowl.[4] Schulters played in San Francisco for two more seasons, and was part of a playoff team with a regular-season record of 12-4 in his last year before signing with the Tennessee Titans after the 2001-02 season.

Tennessee TitansEdit

Schulters played three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He was cut by the Titans prior to the 2005 season.

First stint with DolphinsEdit

In 2005, Schulters signed with the Miami Dolphins, recording four interceptions and 77 tackles on the season.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

He signed with the Atlanta Falcons on November 8, 2006, as a backup to replace injured defensive back Kevin Mathis.

Second stint with DolphinsEdit

On October 24, 2007, the Dolphins resigned Schulters after suffering several injuries in their secondary.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On August 18, 2008, Schulters signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the team on August 29.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
1998 SF 15 16 12 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 SF 13 61 52 9 0.0 0 0 0 6 127 21 64 1 9
2000 SF 12 88 58 30 0.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2001 SF 16 61 52 9 1.0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 10
2002 TEN 16 86 73 13 2.0 0 1 0 6 56 9 28 0 10
2003 TEN 16 85 65 20 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2004 TEN 3 14 12 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 MIA 16 77 57 20 2.0 1 0 0 4 78 20 37 0 6
2006 ATL 7 9 8 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 MIA 7 37 27 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 121 534 416 118 7.5 4 3 0 19 261 14 64 1 50

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Coaching careerEdit

Lance Schulters has joined the Bryant University Staff as the Defensive Backs coach for the 2011 Season. Head Coached by Marty Fine Bryant University, a member of the Northeast Conference, enters its fourth season competing at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level in 2011.

In the 2016 season, Schulters and the Atlanta Falcons would reach Super Bowl LI. Against the New England Patriots, the Falcons would fall in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATH: Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced, January 1, 2013
  2. ^ Chadiha, Jeffri (1999-11-22). "Schulters' fire emerges from ashes of the Niners". San Francisco Chronicle.
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  5. ^ "Lance Schulters Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.