Background and college
Born February 26, 1971, in Monroe, Louisiana, Lyle attended Hickman Mills High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was All State in wrestling, finishing fifth in state his senior year. He was also the two-time State Champion in the shot put during his junior and senior years, winning by over five feet beyond his closest competitor his senior year. He won many city, metro and state honors in football, including honorable mention USA Today All American.
Rick Lyle was named Freshman All American at the University of Missouri his redshirt freshman season and was honorable mention all Big Eight his junior and senior years. At his graduation, Rick held the University of Missouri career record for quarterback sacks. Lyle was in the top five all time at MU in the five weight lifts used to judge overall strength and was the top lifter in their history at that time in the Power Clean. He was also indoor champion in the shot put and eventually became an outdoor All American in the shot put, and also held several University of Missouri records.
Before the Jets
In 1994, Lyle signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick as head coach after graduation from Missouri. He stayed with them through two years, although he missed the second year after a training camp injury required surgery. He then moved with the team to Baltimore, where he played as a Raven for one year.
As a JetBill Parcells and Bill Belichick and later Herman Edwards. During his time there, he started 62 consecutive regular season and playoff games, including the 1998 American Conference Championship Game, a game in which he had three tackles. In his first season as a Jet, Lyle started all 16 games for the Jets at defensive end ranking second among all Jets defensive lineman with 42 tackles (30 solos) with three sacks. In 1998, he recorded 41 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. In 2000, Lyle suffered a broken leg against Detroit, and was placed on injured reserve, snapping his streak of consecutive games. Lyle set career-highs with 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks during the 2001 season.
After the Jets
Lyle's last two seasons in the NFL were with the New England Patriots, once again with Belichick, as he was with the Browns and the Jets. His last game was Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Patriot's win over the Carolina Panthers.
After his retirement from the NFL, Lyle and his family moved to the St. Louis area where he worked as an assistant coach in a local high school. In 2006, Eric Mangini asked Rick to join his new staff when he became head coach of the New York Jets. Lyle serves as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and is responsible as well to see that the team's food, both at their facilities and on the road, is prepared and served properly, and especially, safely.
Rick is married and has two daughters. He and his family are currently living near the Jets' facilities on Long Island, New York.