Matt Lytle

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Matt Lytle
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-09-04) September 4, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
Undrafted in 1999
Debuted in 2000
Last played in 2003
Career history
*Offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 1-3
Passing yards 133
QB Rating 39.3
Stats at

Matthew Lytle (born September 4, 1975 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) is a former American football quarterback of the National Football League.[1] He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a street free agent in 2000. He played college football at Pittsburgh.

Lytle was also a member of the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Colorado Crush.

Professional career[edit]

Rhein Fire[edit]

In the 2000 offseason, Lytle played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe and won World Bowl VIII.[2]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Lytle was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on August 28, 2000.[3] He made his NFL debut on October 22 in a 31-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders, but did not record any statistics.[4] He also appeared in the team's 17-15 win over the San Diego Chargers on November 5.[4]

Lytle was later waived and re-signed to the practice squad on November 23.[3]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On December 4, 2000, Lytle was signed off the practice squad to the Carolina Panthers' active roster after defensive end Jason Peter was placed on injured reserve.[3][5] He was inactive for every game the rest of the season.[4]

Lytle made his 2001 preseason debut for the Panthers on August 18 in a 23-8 loss to the New England Patriots.[6] He attempted just one pass in the game, failing to connect with receiver Jim Turner.[6] Lytle saw more extensive action in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on August 31.[7] After a 90-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown by Browns receiver Andre King with five minutes remaining in the game, Lytle led the two-play, 59-yard drive which culminated with a 51-yard touchdown to receiver Dialleo Burks.[7] Lytle finished the game 5-for-8 for 114 yards and a touchdown, while also carrying the ball twice for a total of five yards, as the Panthers beat the Browns 23-20.[7]

Lytle began the 2001 season as the Panthers' third-string quarterback behind starter Chris Weinke and backup Dameyune Craig.[5] He made his regular season Panthers debut on November 4 against the Miami Dolphins after Weinke went down with a shoulder injury and Craig with a foot injury.[5] Lytle played the final six minutes of the game against the Dolphins, going 2-for-4 for seven yards and losing 13 yards on two sacks as the Panthers lost 23-6.[4][5]

The following week against the St. Louis Rams, Lytle made his first and only NFL start. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown while rushing for eight yards on two carries.[4] However, he was also intercepted for Rams defensive backs Kim Herring and Aeneas Williams.[8] His first career touchdown pass came on a four-yard grab by tight end Kris Mangum, but the Panthers fell to the Rams 48-14.[8]

Lytle's final Panthers appearance came the following month in a 27-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints.[4] Lytle threw just one pass in the game after Weinke went down with a concussion, and was intercepted by cornerback Fred Thomas.[5][9]

The following offseason, Lytle was tendered a contract offer by the Panthers as an exclusive-rights free agent.[5] However, the team rescinded the offer on May 21, 2002, making him an unrestricted free agent.[5]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

After spending the 2002 season out of football, Lytle was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on July 23, 2003.[5] He failed to make the team out of training camp, however, and was released on August 25.[5]

Colorado Crush[edit]

On November 23, 2003, Lytle signed with the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League.[2] However, he failed to earn a job with the team on opening day and was released in favor of Jose Davis and John Dutton on February 2, 2004.[10]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Matt Lytle Signs With Crush". Retrieved 24 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Seattle Seahawks - Transactions". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Matt Lytle: Game Logs". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Matt Lytle, QB". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "NFL Play-by-Play: Post Game - New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers - 2001 Preseason Week 2". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c "NFL Box Score: Post Game - Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers - 2001 Preseason Week 4". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "NFL Game Center: Post Game - Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams - 2001 Week 9". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "NFL Game Center: Post Game - Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 2001 Week 12". Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Crush Announce Opening Day Roster". Retrieved 18 April 2008.