Photoshop Phriday: Rob Lytle
In last week’s post about running back Jamie Morris I mentioned several of the Michigan career and single-season records that he set. Most often it was Rob Lytle, a back at Michigan from 1973-76, who Morris was jumping in the record books. Lytle was one of three captains on Bo Schembechler’s 1976 squad and that year was the Big 10 MVP and a consensus All-American. His 1,469 rushing yards that season (then a Michigan record) were further recognized when he was 3rd in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Lytle was part of a fearsome corps of running backs at Michigan that made NCAA history by being one of the only times that three backs each rushed for 100 yards in a single game.
Lytle had his fair share of incredible performances including a 10 carry, 180 yard outburst against MSU in 1976, part of a 42-10 Michigan win. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 1977 by the Denver Broncos and had a strong NFL career that lasted until 1983. The Broncos were on the losing end of Super Bowl XII but by scoring a touchdown Lytle earned the distinction of being the first player to score a TD in both the Rose Bowl and Super Bowl. Lytle passed away in 2010 and was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Among his teammates at Michigan were Dennis Franklin, Jim Hackett, Les Miles, and Rick Leach. Each has remarked on Lytle’s fondness for calzones and how he almost never left home without one.