University of Alabama
Defensive Tackle, 1975-78
Unquestionably one of the most accomplished defenders in Alabama's hallowed history, Marty Lyons built a stellar legacy, which earned him spots as a member of the Crimson Tide's All-Centennial Team and on the Southeastern Conference's All-1970s Team.
A consensus All-American in 1978, Lyons enjoyed considerable success under College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. The Crimson Tide compiled a 42-6 mark and finished 24-2 in SEC play during Lyons' tenure in Tuscaloosa. Lyons was a member of four bowl winners, including the 1975, 1978 and 1979 Sugar bowls, helping the Crimson Tide win their 10th national title in 1978. For his career, Lyons compiled 202 tackles, 20 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. In addition to earning All-America honors as a senior, he was a two-time All-SEC player and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 1978. Lyons was also placed on the SEC All-Decade Team and the Alabama Centennial Team.
Lyons was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent his full career in New York, appearing in 147 games over 11 seasons. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1984. He is a member of the Jets' 1980s All-Decade Team. Lyons currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations at the LandTek Group, Inc. in Amityville, N.Y.
For 27 years, Lyons has run the Marty Lyons Foundation, which aims to fulfill wishes of terminally ill children. The organization currently reaches nine states across the Eastern seaboard and Southern United States. He also claims 32 years of experience as a motivational speaker and 20 years as a broadcaster. Lyons is a member of seven halls of fame in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and