Aaron Kyle

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Aaron Kyle
No. 25, 22
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-04-06) April 6, 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass
College: Wyoming
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 95
Games started: 76
Interceptions: 11
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Aaron Douglas Kyle (born April 6, 1954) is a former American Football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. He played college football at the University of Wyoming and was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1971, he accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wyoming.

Kyle played strong safety and returned punts during his first three years. As a senior, he was switched to cornerback and was used on either side of the field. He received All-WAC honors, played in the 1975 Blue–Gray Football Classic, the Senior Bowl and the East–West Shrine Game. He was the team's best defensive player in his last two years and left as the school's career leader in tackles (275).[1]

In 2016, he was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In the 1976 NFL Draft, he became only the second Wyoming player ever to be drafted to the NFL in the first round and the first defensive back ever to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys that high. As a rookie, he was the backup at left cornerback behind Benny Barnes and was used on passing downs to primarily cover the running backs. He became a core special teams player, registering 2 blocked punts.

By the start of his second year he replaced hall of famer Mel Renfro in the starting lineup at right cornerback. He missed the last four games of that season (1977), because of a fractured left wrist he suffered in a 34-16 win over the Washington Redskins in the fifth game.[2] He returned for the playoffs to help the team win Super Bowl XII, recording three tackles, an interception, a tackle on a run from a punt attempt and a fumble recovery that set up the game-clinching touchdown.

In 1978, he started all 16 games at cornerback, while making 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries (tied for the team lead). He also had an interception in the playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons. In Super Bowl XIII, he missed a tackle that allowed John Stallworth to have a 75-yard touchdown play.[3]

In 1979, although he started 16 games, he was limited by bone spurs in his left knee that he developed during training camp. He intercepted two passes in the season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles, he held pro bowl wide receiver Harold Carmichael to only one catch.

In May 1980 season, he had knee surgery to remove the bone spurs, which led the team to place him in the injured reserve list. Once the season started, the Cowboys tried to recall him from the injured reserve list, but because they used the procedural recall system to waive him, he was able to be declared as a free agent.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On October 14, 1980, he signed as a free-agent with the Denver Broncos, playing in 10 games (9 starts) and recording 72 tackles.

Kyle played a total of 3 seasons in Denver, starting at right cornerback, while leading the team in turnovers in both 1981 and 1982, with a total of 5 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries. In 1981, he registered 68 tackles. He retired on April 16, 1983, after being the Broncos player representative during that season's strike.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyoming Will Battle Boise State for Second Place Saturday". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Doomsday Ruins Redskins". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gloomsday For Doomsday". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Aaron Kyle Retires". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 

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