Lane was known for not only taking the ball away from the offense, but also his bone-jarring hits. To best determine his stature in professional football history, one only has to refer to what his peers had to say about him:
". . . Richard 'Night Train" Lane. I played with him and against him. He was the best I've ever seen." Pat Summerall - Sports Commentator & NFL Player
"Train was the greatest defensive back that ever played the game. Period." - Red Hickey - Head Coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1959 to 1968.