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Football: Washington Prep honors NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton

November 15, 2012 |  4:28 pm

There was an assembly held in the Los Angeles Washington Prep gym on Thursday afternoon in which James Lofton, a 1974 Washington grad who went on to Stanford and played 16 years in the NFL, was honored as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance "Hometown Hall of Famer" program.

A special plaque was unveiled. Students cheered and learned a history lesson about where Lofton had come from.

Lofton, 56, called the teachers, coaches and counselors who helped him during his high school days "angels looking over me."

"They have lifted me up and guided me," he said.

The program is designed to inspire and teach students about Hall of Famers who grew up in their local community. And sophomore running back Xzavion Potts certainly got plenty from the experience.

He didn't even know Lofton had graduated from Washington.

"It inspires me," he said. "My next step is to make big dreams like he did."

-- Eric Sondheimer