Lyle Vernon Blackwood (born May 24, 1951) played safety position in the National Football League and is best 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."
While a Dolphin, Blackwood played alongside greats such as hall of famer Dwight Stephenson, Bob Baumhower, Bob Brudzinski, A.J. Duhe and, of course, his brother. 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 legendary 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 also holds the distinction of being a member of the Seattle Seahawks during their inaugural season.
- ^ "Bruise Brothers Want To Make Most Of This ShowBlackwood". SunSentinel. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- ^ "Miami Dolphins: The 100 Greatest Players in Team History". bleacher report. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
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