Cardinal Football Legend Lenny Lyles Passes Away

11/21/2011 02:20 PM

Louisville football legend Lenny Lyles passed away Sunday night. Lyles was the first African American to play football at UofL when he suited up in 1954. During his college career, he earned the nickname of the “Fastest Man in Football.”
Lyles became the first player at UofL to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Upon graduation, he was the school’s all-time leading rusher. He currently stands number three behind Walter Peacock and Nathan Poole. Students on campus may have seen Lyles without even knowing it – his legacy is honored with a statue at Cardinal Park. Lyles was 75 years old.

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