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Garry Lyle
Garry  Lyle

Football (Inducted 1983)



Garry Lyle ('66) played quarterback for the Colonials football team and was selected to the Southern Conference first team in 1964, when he was the only sophomore and the first African-American ever to earn first team All-Conference. He also earned honorable mention for the Associated Press All-America team and received the Campbell Kaufman trophy as GW's Most Valuable Player.

Lyle, a native of Verona, Pa., was second in the Southern Conference in total offense and third in rushing. He scored 105 points in the last five games of his sophomore season, and in his junior year, became quarterback known for his speed and agility as well as his deft, sudden advances. In addition, Lyle was a kicker and punt returner, and when injured early in the 1965 season, maintained a role as a place kicker.

Lyle was a third round draft choice of the Chicago Bears following his GW days and played for the Bears for eight seasons.

Following his career in pro football, Lyle had a succesful business career at Xerox Corp. He retired in 2008.

A Verona, PA, native, Lyle is married to Diane and they have three children.