Marty Lyons 2011 Hall Of Fame Class

The famous Waldorf=Astoria plays host to the 54th Annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner tonight in New York City. Marty Lyons will become the 19th University of Alabama football player to be honored as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The Crimson Tide's 1978 defensive captain is one of only 896 elite athletes to earn induction into the prestigious fraternity.

Nearly five million individuals have competed at the collegiate football level since Princeton faced Rutgers in 1869. Lyons was a key contributor during the 10th National Championship run culminating in a 14-7 victory over then number one ranked Penn State in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.

Highlighting the win was the famous fourth quarter "Goal Line Stand" stopping the Nittany Lions on two successive rushing attempts inside the one-yard line. Longtime Arkansas Athletic Director/Head Football Coach and ABC TV color commentator described Coach Bryant as a motivational genius during the Sugar Bowl pregame analysis. Frank Broyles said, "They give their very best when the best is needed."

Lyons heeded those words with exceptional effort on the field becoming the only interior defensive lineman in school history to record over 100 tackles in a single season, 119 as a senior.

After a Tuesday morning press conference in the Empire Room of the fabled landmark hotel, ‘BAMA Magazine/ sat down to speak with Lyons about his career, legendary coach and reflection on being a member of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class.

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