American Football Database
Lance Schulters
No. 30, 31     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-05-27) May 27, 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth: 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
Debuted in 1998 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 2007 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Lance A. Schulters (born May 27, 1975 in Guyana) is an retired 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.

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.

College career

Schulters attended Canarsie High School where he played football under legendary 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 career

San Francisco 49ers

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 Titans

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

First stint with Dolphins

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

Atlanta Falcons

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

Second stint with Dolphins

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

New Orleans Saints

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


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.