Sept. 19, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama great and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Marty Lyons was selected to the Southeastern Conference's 2013 Football Legends Class on Thursday when the league office announced representatives from the SEC West. Legends from Eastern Division schools were announced on Wednesday.
Lyons, a native of Pinellas Park, Fla., was one of the Crimson Tide's great defensive linemen who played for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1976-78. He was a consensus All-American in 1978 and a two-time All-SEC selection in 1977 and 1978. Lyons made 202 tackles in his career with six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
He was a key player in the famous goal line stand in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. Lyons was selected to the Tide's Team of the Century. One of his best games came against Auburn in 1978 (16 tackles, three quarterback sacks) in a 34-16 win. He finished the 1978 season with 119 tackles and 15 tackles for loss.
Following his senior season, Lyons played in the 1979 Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl. He was selected by the New York Jets with the 14th pick of the first round in the 1979 NFL Draft. Lyons played 11 NFL seasons, amassing 29 sacks as part of the Jets "New York Sack Exchange." He helped lead the Jets to the playoffs in 1982, 1985 and 1986.
The class will be honored at the 2013 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Dec. 6-7 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 7.
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