|Date of birth||February 14, 1958|
|Place of birth||Bellaire, Ohio|
|NFL draft||1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69|
|1980–1987||New York Jets|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lance Alan Mehl (born February 14, 1958 in Bellaire, Ohio) is a former professional American football player. He played 8 seasons for the New York Jets of the National Football League from 1980-1987. He was an All-American at Penn State University.
Mehl was a three-sport team captain at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Ohio in football, baseball, and basketball. Today, Mehl works with troubled youth in hopes of leading them away from a discouraging future. He is the father of four sons: Lance, Lucas, Logan, and Layne. Lance's mother was the sister of Charles Meadows and William Meadows, both now dead. they all grew up in south eastern Ohio.
According to Lance Mehl's 1984 Topps football card #153 Lance was the Jets leading interceptor in 1983. Lance is perhaps the club's most consistent defensive player. Recorded 10 tackles in 44-17 playoff win at Cincinnati Jan-9th-1983 As a bit of "Did You Know" the card said "Lance once worked in the coal mines of Ohio" In 1985 he was selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
Lance Mehl wore the number #56 while playing for the New York Jets.
In 2012, Lance Mehl testified as a character witness on behalf of former coach Jerry Sandusky, calling him, "a class act." However, in a later interview, he said, "no doubt, if coach Sandusky is truly guilty of these crimes, he must be punished...and punished severely." Sandusky was later found guilty of 45 felony charges related to child rape and child endangerment.
- Gibson, Rich. "Sandusky scandal continues to haunt former Lion Mehl". Times Leader Online. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
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