Long ago when the Lions were the team to beat. Back in the days of black and white when a game was still finding it's way. Way before Zack Follett was the Pain Train, Dick Lane was the Night Train. Born in 1927 abandonded as an infant he was raised in Austin Texas by Ella Lane. Lane grew up and spent one year in college at Scottsbluff Junior College and dropped out after one year. Lane decided to serve his country and joined the United States Army and served 4 years. When Lane finally returned home from war he took a job in an air craft factory. Unhappy with his job he began looking for diffrent oppertunitys.
Dick Lane wore 81 because was projected as a end before he started his career.
In 1952 at 24 years old Lane showed up to the LA Rams training camp to try out as a wide reciver. The Rams however moved him to defensive back. While playing with the Rams Dick Lane was given his famous nick name that is still used to this day. The name came from a hit record by Buddy Marrow "Night Train". Dick hated the name but after it started to get him national attention he embraced the name Dick "Night Train" Lane. The first time the name had ever been used in the media was when a newspaper used the line. Dick "Night Train" Lane derails Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice. In 1954 the Rams traded him to the than Chicago Cardinals. He then finished is career in the city of Detroit from 1960 to 1965. In Detroit he recorded 21 interceptions for 272 yards. He was All NFL 4 times and named to 3 different Pro Bowls.
In Hall of Fame Career Lane made the All Pro team 6 times and was elected in 7 Pro Bowls. He recorded 14 interceptions in his rookie season. 68 career interceptions for 1,207 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Lane will forever be remebered as one of the hardest hitters in NFL history. Night Train wasn't afraid to tackle players by the head and neck this was called the Night Train necktie. This was violent and legal and to this day is still some of the hardest tackles made in American Football. The NFL named Lane to the 75th anniversary team and the 1950's all decade team. NFL Network has Dick Lane as the 30th greatest player in the top 100. Lane was placed in the Canton in 1974. Dick Night Train Lane is part of the Cardnials ring of honor in the University of Pheonix stadium. Night Train died at the age of 73 in 2002 and is survived by his two sons. One who still lives in Detroit the other lives in St.Louis where the Rams reside today.
Lane was a feirce competitor who was years ahead of his time. Dick was never afraid to take chances on the field spite what the risk might be. He set the NFL on fire in his rookie season and was a continues threat till the day he retired. Lane was the perfect mix of a devastating hitter and a ball hawk he could do it all. Being born with great speed, agillity and reflexes the Army veteran went on to become one of the greatest DB's of all time. No one will ever do what Night Train did the game has changed alot sense then. There is no question though that Richard Lane is one of those guys who could have played in any era successfully. Both the corners that started in Detroit opposite Night Train are also in the Hall of Fame. One of the is Steeler defensive coordinator Dick leabu.