Lenny Lyles
No. 26, 43
Return specialist
Personal information
Born:(1936-01-26)January 26, 1936
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died:November 20, 2011(2011-11-20) (aged 75)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
NFL draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:201
Defensive touchdowns:2
Return yards–Touchdowns:2,161–3
Rushing yards–Average:69–2.0
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receiving yards–Touchdowns:57–1
Player stats at PFR

Lenny Lyles (January 26, 1936 – November 20, 2011) was a professional American football cornerback who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He started in Super Bowl III for the Baltimore Colts.[1]

He graduated from Louisville's Central High School before Cassius Clay.[2] The 6–2, 202-pound Lyles was recruited by the University of Louisville in 1954, when he broke the school's color barrier for scholarship athletes. Lyles remains Louisville's all-time scoring leader for a non-kicker with 300 points.

After a successful collegiate career, where Lyles was known for his return skills, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He spent one year with the Colts before joining the 49ers in 1959. After two seasons in San Francisco, Lyles returned to the Colts where he remained until the end of his career in 1969. Lyles finished his professional career with 2,161 return yards and averaged 26.7 yards per return.

Lyles spent 27 years as an executive with Brown & Williamson in Louisville.


  1. ^ "Former University of Louisville star and businessman Lenny Lyles dies | The Courier-Journal". courier-journal.com. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. ^ https://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/890#:~:text=The%20institution%20that%20became%20Louisville,of%206th%20and%20Kentucky%20Streets.