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Jets Legend Marty Lyons Fulfills Promise to Bear Bryant
Jets Legend Marty Lyons Fulfills Promise to Bear Bryant
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: New York Jets
Marty Lyons talks stroke, CTE concerns with Steve Shannon
Marty Lyons talks stroke, CTE concerns with Steve Shannon
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: 953TheBear
Interview with former New York Jet, Marty Lyons
Interview with former New York Jet, Marty Lyons
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: 94.3 The Shark
Lunch with a NY Jets Legend - Restaurant Hunter with Marty Lyons
Lunch with a NY Jets Legend - Restaurant Hunter with Marty Lyons
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Marty Lyons gets fired up in Alabama pep rally speech
Marty Lyons gets fired up in Alabama pep rally speech
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: AL.com
Marty Lyons: One Man
Marty Lyons: One Man's Promise Teaser
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Dave Vega
Marty Lyons joins Steve Shannon in the Morning! Part 1
Marty Lyons joins Steve Shannon in the Morning! Part 1
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: 953TheBear
Marty Lyons with Zach Gelb!
Marty Lyons with Zach Gelb!
Published: 2012/03/23
Channel: Zach Gelb
Fios 1 News Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 32nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 10, 2017
Fios 1 News Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 32nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 10, 2017
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Marty Lyons
Marty Lyons' Buick Human Highlight Reel
Published: 2012/12/01
Channel: GRANFALLOON
Metric Subaru - Share the Love - Marty Lyons foundation
Metric Subaru - Share the Love - Marty Lyons foundation
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: HollywoodEastTV
News 12 Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 31st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 11, 2016
News 12 Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 31st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 11, 2016
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Marty Lyons at Steiner Sports Highlight
Marty Lyons at Steiner Sports Highlight
Published: 2014/10/06
Channel: Steiner Sports
Marty Lyons joins Steve Shannon in the Morning! Part 2
Marty Lyons joins Steve Shannon in the Morning! Part 2
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: 953TheBear
FiOS 1 News - Marty Lyons Foundation Helps Get Quadriciser for Brain Injured Man - March 7, 2017
FiOS 1 News - Marty Lyons Foundation Helps Get Quadriciser for Brain Injured Man - March 7, 2017
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
News 12 - Marty Lyons Foundation Helps Purchase Quadriciser for Brain Injured Man - March 7, 2017
News 12 - Marty Lyons Foundation Helps Purchase Quadriciser for Brain Injured Man - March 7, 2017
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Fios 1 News Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 31st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 11, 2016
Fios 1 News Coverage of Marty Lyons Foundation 31st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic - July 11, 2016
Published: 2016/07/11
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Hall of Famer Marty Lyons
Hall of Famer Marty Lyons
Published: 2012/10/25
Channel: stfxathletics
News 12 Long Island - Marty Lyons Foundation Ice Cream Party for Wish Child - July 29, 2016
News 12 Long Island - Marty Lyons Foundation Ice Cream Party for Wish Child - July 29, 2016
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Marty Lyons -Alabama Football
Marty Lyons -Alabama Football
Published: 2009/03/31
Channel: Steiner Sports
Marty Lyons Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament
Marty Lyons Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament
Published: 2007/08/06
Channel: presspass
Marty Lyons Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic 2008
Marty Lyons Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic 2008
Published: 2008/10/10
Channel: presspass
Marty Lyons Foundation "Screams for Dreams"
Marty Lyons Foundation "Screams for Dreams"
Published: 2008/03/08
Channel: tmccrary98
Interview w/ Marty Lyons at 2012 College Football HOF Announcement
Interview w/ Marty Lyons at 2012 College Football HOF Announcement
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: David Levy
Taco Casa and Marty Lyons
Taco Casa and Marty Lyons
Published: 2010/10/13
Channel: Kevin Jones
Marty Lyons Loves Taco Casa
Marty Lyons Loves Taco Casa
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: Kevin Jones
Sound Tigers/Islanders at Marty Lyons Foundation Event
Sound Tigers/Islanders at Marty Lyons Foundation Event
Published: 2012/08/23
Channel: TheSoundTigers
FORMER CRIMSON TIDE, NFL GREAT MARTY LYONS WVUA 23 SPECIAL
FORMER CRIMSON TIDE, NFL GREAT MARTY LYONS WVUA 23 SPECIAL
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: WVUA 23
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/17
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Long Island RAP 2016 | Marty Lyons
Long Island RAP 2016 | Marty Lyons' keynote address
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: pianewsandmedia
12th Annual Suffolk County "Bowling for Wishes" - Marty Lyons Foundation
12th Annual Suffolk County "Bowling for Wishes" - Marty Lyons Foundation
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: NYJetsFans.com
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/02/03
Channel: stumpyalso1
Marty Lyons Halftime Speech
Marty Lyons Halftime Speech
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: Xzen56
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/17
Channel: stumpyalso1
Marty Lyons Foundation Dinner
Marty Lyons Foundation Dinner
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: RocDocMusic
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Marty Lyons on Big Board Sports Talking Jets and their Season
Marty Lyons on Big Board Sports Talking Jets and their Season
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: 104.5 The Team
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Former Jets Victor Green, Marty Lyons, & Jay Fiedler on Class Act Sports
Former Jets Victor Green, Marty Lyons, & Jay Fiedler on Class Act Sports
Published: 2012/10/13
Channel: classactsports
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Marty Lyons Foundation 28th annual Celebrity Golf Classic on July 15, 2013
Marty Lyons Foundation 28th annual Celebrity Golf Classic on July 15, 2013
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: CorbettPRMedia
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Chads Wish From Marty Lyons Foundation 2011
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: stumpyalso1
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Marty Lyons
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Lyons playing for the Jets in 1981
No. 93
Position: Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1957-01-15) January 15, 1957 (age 60)
Takoma Park, Maryland
Career information
High school: St. Petersburg (FL) Catholic
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 29
Games: 147
Safeties: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Martin Anthony Lyons (born January 15, 1957) 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. He was a member of the Jets' famed "New York Sack Exchange," the team's dominant front four in 1981 and 1982 that also featured Mark Gastineau, Abdul Salaam and Joe Klecko.

Early years[edit]

Lyons grew up in Pinellas Park, Florida and attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School.

College career[edit]

Lyons attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1975 to 1978. At Alabama, he had 202 tackles, 6 fumbles forced and 4 recovered. 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. He was a key player in the set of fourth quarter plays known as "The Goal Line Stand" in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. It was Lyons that delivered what would become a famous line amongst Alabama fans just before the fourth-down play of the sequence. When asked by Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina how far the ball was from the goal line, Lyons replied, "'Bout a foot. You better pass."[1] Alabama was 31-5 during his years as a player.

Professional career[edit]

Lyons was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round (14th overall pick) of the 1979 NFL Draft. The following round, the Jets selected East Central Oklahoma State defensive end Mark Gastineau.

The two joined Joe Klecko and Abdul Salaam on the Jets' defensive line to form one of the top defensive lines in the NFL, known as the "New York Sack Exchange." The four combined for 66 sacks in 1981 which helped propel the Jets to their first playoff berth since 1969. 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.[2]

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.

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. Lyons was flagged for a personal foul by referee Ben Dreith for "giving him the business." Dreith mistakenly assessed the foul against number 99, which was Gastineau's number, instead of calling Lyons' number 93.[3]

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.[4] Later the same season, during a Monday Night Football game, Lyons blocked former Alabama teammate and Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson in what Dolphins players and coaches labeled a 'cheap shot' that ended his career.[5] Dwight Stephenson himself claimed it was a clean block, explaining that he caught his leg as he went down, and never blamed Lyons for the injury.

Seasons Games Starts Sacks FR Yds Sfty
11 147 135 45 8 10 2

Personal life[edit]

While a player with the Jets, a series of events — the birth of his eldest son, the passing of his father, and the passing of a little boy to whom Lyons had been a Big Brother — inspired him to establish the Marty Lyons Foundation to work with terminally ill children, providing them wishes. He won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 1984 as a result of that work. 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.[6]

Lyons is currently the Jets radio analyst and chairman of the Marty Lyons Foundation. He has been enshrined in the State of Alabama Hall of Fame (2000), Suffolk and Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame (2001 & 2002, respectively), Maryland Sports Hall of Fame (2004), the Tampa Bay Sports Club Hall of Fame (2007), and the College Football Hall of Fame (2011).[7]

Lyons received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama during winter commencement exercises on December 10, 2016.

Lyons and his wife, Christine, have three children named Jesse, Megan, and Lucas. Rocky, his only child from his first marriage, is a physician in Alabama.

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