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A Photo Montage of ‘My Favorite Martys’

Posted by jetsstaff on December 15, 2009 – 5:39 pm

One of my favorite moments of this never-a-dull-moment Jets season happened just before it got started at our annual kickoff luncheon. The Green & White honored our colorful radio color man, Marty Lyons, and well done, too, as Lyons really can be considered what it means to be a Jet.

Everybody loves Marty. The fans flock to him. Elderly women swoon and ask for a hug from the gentle giant. Kids run across the parking lot at the stadium to have him toss a ball to them. Heck, I’ve seen dogs run across the parking lot to have him toss a ball to them, but that might just be their thing.

No, come to think of it, Marty’s always got time for everyone, no matter how furry. Marty’s been The Man ever since being selected 14th overall in the 1979 draft out of Alabama. Playing at defensive end and defensive tackle, he became the CEO of the fabled New York Sack Exchange, terrorizing opponents and helping to push the team to the 1982 AFC Championship Game. His career stretched from 1979-89 with 135 starts by No. 93, always a leader and usually the spark.

While Marty provided many great plays on the field, it is off the field that he truly has been an inspiration. He established the Marty Lyons Foundation in 1982 to fulfill the special wishes of children aged 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. They’ve helped with everything from renovating a home to allow the child to stay with their family in comfort to Disney trips, celebrity visits and a chance to swim with dolphins — the good kind, not the ones that play down in Miami. But I’m sure that he would help make that happen, too, if it was a child’s dream.

At the kickoff luncheon, Marty delighted the packed house at Cipriani Wall Street with funny stories and touching anecdotes about his involvement in the community. He was the same way you’ve no doubt heard him on the air each week and possibly seen him hold court at countless golf outings, kids clinics and team functions. For a guy once flagged for giving Jim Kelly “The Business,” he’s actually a pretty straight shooter who’s fun, funny, welcoming and humble and someone I’m thrilled to call my friend.

With all that in mind, here are some of My Favorite Martys, some photos I’ve taken and many gathered from our archives. Hope you enjoy the view!

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Posted in Al Pereira | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “A Photo Montage of ‘My Favorite Martys’”

  1. By Jim on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Watching Lyons, Klecko and that other guy, who moved around the corner like an MG, was great for Jets fans! The Sack Exchange memories will last forever! Memories of the Sack Dance by MG will too! Appreciate having Lyons in the world, a great human being!

  2. By Ray on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    A class act and the instigator of probably the greatest line ever uttered by a referee. I can’t believe they never made “givin him the business” an official penalty!

  3. By Ira on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Al, Nice job and you couldn’t have picked a better guy. Marty is all class and his foundation is a great thing he has done.

  4. By the king on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply


  5. By Bob Wischusen on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    “elderly women swoon”?????!!!!! really?? I mean I love Marty…..but come on…..

  6. By Sam on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Marty is a great person and Jet legacy. I had the privilage of playing with Marty at Alabama, but never looked forward to blocking him at practice under the watchful eyes of Coach Bryant. Marty has alway been a leader who exhibits great courage, commitment, and character, both on and off the field. His commitment to the Marty Lyons foundation, Jets organization is a testimony to his resolve

  7. By Anthony on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Great Article about a great all time Jet …..

  8. By Ablity on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    we should hire the saints ast. offensive cor. i dont understand why staff from good offensives dont get bigger jobs. like manning and brady qb coaches should be head coaches by now. The biggest game in Jets history will be the last game of the season. i think if we can get into the playoff we can go deep but we have to get in. the colts better bench manning the way we blits

  9. By BGB on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Marty great player but a horrible commentator. Does anybody listen to him on the radio? I have to because I live in FLorida and listen to games on Sirius. He is so damn negative toward the Jets. Never any positive remarks. If the jets do make a good play he always has a way of spinning it like the other team made a mistake. give this guy a coffee or something, WAKE HIM UP and make him cheer forJET

  10. By Tom Spicer on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    So many negative Jet posters all of you fake fair weather Jet fans STEP ASIDE. All my real hardcore die hard Jet fans IT IS TIME TO RIDE!

  11. By Scooter on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    I love Marty’s commentary on the radio…he just tells it like it is and I think he gets just as frustrated with Jets as the fans do when things don’t go well. I hope we keep him on the air for years to come in the tradition of Dave Herman and Randy Rasmussen.

  12. By Nick on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Marty, great job announcing our games on 1050; I’d rather watch it on TV, but I I’m on duty a couple weekends out of the month so the radio 1050 is a must. Its really nice to have some insight and passion in place of the all too often talking heads of the media. Thanks bud, wish you could still play, we miss ya…

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