Happy birthday to SWC great Lyle Blackwood!
Blackwood played his high school football at Churchill in San Antonio as a wide receiver and defensive back. He didn't even make all-district as a high school player and went to Blinn JC in Brenham for two seasons before TCU offered him. Blackwood picked off fifteen passes at Blinn and kept up the pace at TCU. In his second game he intercepted Sonny Sixkiller of the Washington Huskies on the road.
All told Blackwood had five picks for TCU in his first season. He also returned punts for TCU. In 1971 he was named 2nd Team All-SWC.
TCU head coach Billy Tohill had the utmost confidence in Blackwood, "His reactions are exceptional, I have no worries with him back there." Blackwood was named 1st Team All-SWC at a senior in 1972.
In 1973 he was drafted in the 9th round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the course of his pro career Blackwood played for the Bengals, Colts, Seahawks, and Dolphins. It was with Miami that Blackwood enjoyed the most success, playing in two Super Bowls. With the Dolphins he teamed with his brother Glen to form the "Bruise Brothers." He intercepted ten passes in 1977.
Blackwood retired in 1986 after fourteen years in the NFL. Happy birthday to one half of the Bruise Brothers.