Marty Lyons

All-american College Football Player + Professional Football Player + Defensive Lineman
Born Jan 15, 1957

Martin Anthony Lyons is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. Lyons played college football for the University of Alabama, and earned All-American honors. Selected in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft, he played his entire professional career for the NFL's New York Jets.… Read More

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  • Ex Alabama Player Makes Good On Promise To Bear Bryant
    Fox News - Nov 24, 2016
  • Heavy Hitters To Compete In Charity Softball Game
    Huffington Post - Aug 12, 2013
  • City Responds To Your Parking Gripes Part 2
    Evanston Patch - Sep 04, 2012
  • Sweet Miracles At Sweet Indulgences
    New Milford Patch - May 04, 2012


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1957 Birth Born on January 15, 1957.


1975 18 Years Old Lyons attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1975 to 1978. … Read More


1978 21 Years Old As a senior in 1978, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and helped lead the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 1978.
…  Selected in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft, he played his entire professional career for the NFL's New York Jets. … Read More
1981 24 Years Old In November 1981, Salaam, Gastineau, Klecko and Lyons were invited to ring the ceremonial opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange that served as the inspiration for their nickname.
1982 25 Years Old The Jets made the playoffs again in 1982, 1985, and 1986 during Lyons' tenure with the team. In 1982, they made it as far as the AFC Championship Game, losing 14-0 to the Miami Dolphins.
1986 29 Years Old Lyons was involved in one of the best-known plays in NFL lore. During the Jets' 14-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the Meadowlands on October 5, 1986, Lyons attempted to sack Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly and then started to punch him repeatedly after the ball was thrown for an incompletion. … Read More


1987 30 Years Old Lyons missed playing time during the 1987 season when his wife, Kelly, and son, Martin Anthony "Rocky" Lyons Jr., were involved in a serious traffic accident in Alabama. … Read More


2011 54 Years Old In December 2011, Lyons was honored by the Heisman Trust as the recipient of the sixth annual Heisman Humanitarian Award for his work with his Foundation. … Read More
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