Marty Lyons was born in Tokoma Park, MD. Played collegiately at the University of Alabama. Led the team in tackles in 1978 with 119. Was named All-American in his senior year. Elected co-captain of the National Championship Team in ‘78. During his four years at Alabama, they won three SEC Titles and one national championship. Named Defensive Player of the Decade at Alabama (‘71-’80). Elected to the Alabama Team of the Century. Was a first round draft pick in ‘79 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Played 12 years for the Jets at both defensive tackle and defensive end. Played a key role in the formation of the “New York Sack Exchange” which led the league in quarterback sacks in ‘81. He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in ‘82 &’83. Served as one of the Jets defensive team captains in ‘88. In ‘82 he established the Marty Lyons Foundation to improve the quality of life for terminally ill children. Because of his philanthropy, he has been named the National Football League Man of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award United Way, and Ernie Davis Humanitarian Award to just name a few.