Lytle scores a Michigan touchdown, 1974
|Date of birth:||November 12, 1954|
|Place of birth:||Fremont, Ohio, U.S.|
|Date of death:||November 20, 2010(aged 56)|
|Place of death:||Fremont, Ohio, U.S.|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight:||196 lb (89 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1977 / Round: 2 / Pick 45|
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Rob William Lytle (November 12, 1954 – November 20, 2010) was an American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of NFL. He attended the University of Michigan (1973–1976). Lytle was drafted in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft by Denver with the 45th overall pick.
Lytle was born in Fremont, Ohio. He was a consensus All-American as a senior at Michigan in 1976, setting a then school record with 1,469 rushing yards and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. Lytle also broke the Michigan career rushing record with 3,307 yards. His record was broken five years later by Butch Woolfolk, and he now ranks seventh in rushing yards by a Michigan player. Lytle was involved in both of the games in which Michigan had three rushers accumulate 100 yards.
After his college career, Lytle spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Broncos. During that time, he rushed for 1,451 yards, caught 61 passes for 562 yards, returned six kickoffs for 99 yards, and scored 14 touchdowns (12 rushing and two receiving). He also scored the only touchdown of the game for the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Lytle holds the distinction of being the first player to score a touchdown in both the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl.
Lytle suffered a heart attack and died at Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio. He is survived by his wife Tracy Lytle, his son Kelly Lytle, his daughter Erin Lytle Tober, his granddaughter Audrey and his father William Lytle.
Footage of Lytle with the Denver Broncos was used in the 1988 film Everybody's All-American.
College rushing statistics
- "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- "Record Book". University of Michigan & Host Interactive. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- "Versus Northwestern October 18, 1975". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- "Versus Stanford September 18, 1976". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- "U-M All-American Rob Lytle dies at 56".
- "Rob Lytle, All-American Back, Dies at 56". The New York Times. November 21, 2010.
- "Michigan All-American Rob Lytle dies at 56". The Detroit News. November 21, 2010.
- "ROB LYTLE, 1954-2010: Fremont native was All-American". Toledo Blade. November 21, 2010.
- Mike Klis (November 21, 2010). "Lytle a super rookie with '77 Broncos: Former teammates are stunned to hear about the death of "a great guy" and tough runner". Denver Post.
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