Rick Lyle
No. 95, 96
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1971-02-26) February 26, 1971 (age 51)
Monroe, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Hickman Mills (MO)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Rick Lyle (born February 26, 1971 in Monroe, Louisiana) is a former American football defensive end who played for four teams in a 9-year NFL career.

High school

Lyle attended Hickman Mills High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was All State in wrestling, finishing fifth in state his senior year. He was also the two-time State Champion in the shot put during his junior and senior years, winning by over five feet beyond his closest competitor his senior year. He won many city, metro and state honors in football, including honorable mention USA Today All-American.

College career

Rick Lyle was named Freshman All-American at the University of Missouri his redshirt freshman season and was honorable mention all Big Eight his junior and senior years. At his graduation, Rick held the University of Missouri career record for quarterback sacks. Lyle was in the top five all time at MU in the five weight lifts used to judge overall strength and was the top lifter in their history at that time in the Power Clean. He was also indoor champion in the shot put and eventually became an outdoor All-American in the shot put, and also held several University of Missouri records. Rick will be inducted into the University of Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame in January.

NFL career

Lyle signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick as head coach after graduation from Missouri. He stayed with them through two years, although he missed the second year after a training camp injury required surgery. He then moved with the team to Baltimore, where he played as a Raven for one year. The next five years were with the New York Jets, under Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and later Herman Edwards. During his time there, he started 67 consecutive regular season and playoff games, including the 1998 Jets versus Broncos American Conference Championship Game. Lyle's last two seasons in the NFL were with the New England Patriots, once again with Belichick, as he was with the Browns and the Jets. His last game was Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Patriots' win over the Carolina Panthers.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
1994 CLE 3 2 2 0 0.0 0 0
1996 BAL 11 7 6 1 1.0 0 0
1997 NYJ 16 42 30 12 3.0 0 1
1998 NYJ 16 40 28 12 1.5 1 0
1999 NYJ 16 45 27 18 1.0 0 0
2000 NYJ 14 46 38 8 1.0 1 0
2001 NYJ 16 40 27 13 3.5 0 1
2002 NE 13 19 13 6 0.0 0 0
2003 NE 8 9 6 3 0.0 0 0
Career 113 250 177 73 11.0 2 2


Post NFL life

After his retirement from the NFL, Lyle and his family moved to the St. Louis area where he worked as an assistant coach at Marquette High School, a local high school. In 2006, Eric Mangini asked Rick to join his new staff when he became head coach of the New York Jets. Lyle serves as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and is responsible as well to see that the team's food, both at their facilities and on the road, is prepared and served properly, and especially, safely.

Rick is married to the former Laura Horstmeyer and has two daughters, Haley and Audrey. He and his family are currently living near the Jets' facilities in New Jersey. They will move to Ohio to work for the Browns once again in June 2009.


  1. ^ "Rick Lyle Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 24 July 2014.