Lyle Blackwood

American football player (born 1951)

American football player
Lyle Blackwood
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Personal information
Born: (1951-05-24) May 24, 1951 (age 72)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Winston Churchill
(San Antonio, Texas)
NFL draft:1973 / Round: 9 / Pick: 217
(by the Denver Broncos)[1]
Career history
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1973–1975)
  • Seattle Seahawks (1976)
  • Baltimore Colts (1977–1980)
  • Miami Dolphins (1981–1986)
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:15
Player stats at · PFR

Lyle Vernon Blackwood (born May 24, 1951) is an American former professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL). Blackwood's best season was in 1977, when he intercepted 10 passes for the Baltimore Colts, helping them win their third consecutive AFC East division title. He later became known for teaming alongside his brother, Glenn Blackwood with the Miami Dolphins as part of the notorious "Killer B's" defense. The two Blackwoods referred to themselves as "The Bruise Brothers."[2][3]

While a Dolphin, Blackwood played alongside greats such as hall of famer Dwight Stephenson, Bob Baumhower, Bob Brudzinski, A. J. Duhe and his brother Glenn. This formidable team won several division titles (1981, 1983, 1984, 1985) and made two Super Bowl appearances (1982, 1984).

A similar Dolphin team with the "Killer B's" and company upset the 1985 Chicago Bears (15-1) and kept them from an undefeated season.

With Blackwood on defense, the "Killer B's" complemented Miami's strong offensive unit guided by hall of fame quarterback Dan Marino, wide receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton: "The Marks Brothers" along with coach Don Shula.

Blackwood played a total of 14 seasons in the NFL. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and attended Texas Christian University. He finished his career with 35 interceptions and 9 defensive fumble recoveries. In 1977, he led the NFL interceptions with 10.

Blackwood was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during their inaugural season.


  1. ^ "1973 Denver Broncos". Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bruise Brothers Want To Make Most Of This ShowBlackwood". SunSentinel. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Miami Dolphins: The 100 Greatest Players in Team History". bleacher report. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
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