Marty Lyons inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Former Alabama defensive lineman Marty Lyons was officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday in New York.

Lyons at today's ceremony (AP photo)

A staple of Bear Bryant defenses of the late 1970s, Lyons was part of the 1978 national championship team. Twice an All-SEC selection, he was also an All-American and defensive captain in 1978.

That crowning season included 119 total tackles, 15 of which came behind the line of scrimmage.

Lyons went on to an 11-year NFL career with the New York Jets.  He helped the franchise to the playoffs three times in 1982, ’85 and 86 while recording 29 career sacks.

He is the 23rd member of the hall of fame with Alabama connections. Previous inductees include Bryant, Cornelius Bennett, John Hannah, Frank Howard, Lee Roy Jordan, Woodrow Lowe, Johnny Musso, Ozzie Newsome, and Gene Stallings among others.

The 16-member class also included former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry; Miami defensive lineman Russell Maryland; Texas defensive lineman Doug English; Florida receiver Carlos Alvarez; Oregon State fullback Bill Enyart; Nebraska guard Will Shields; Minnesota’s Sandy Stephens, who was inducted posthumously; West Virginia linebacker Darryl Talley; Oklahoma halfback Clendon Thomas; Arizona defensive lineman Ron Waldrop; and Michigan State receiver Gene Washington.


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