Lyle Martin Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was a NFL American football player most famous for his intense and intimidating style of play.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Italian-Spanish father and a Jewish mother. When he was 10, the family moved to Cedarhurst, Long Island. His father left when he was in Lawrence High School. He played high school football and was a Vardon Trophy Candidate (defense) in High School for three years. He played college football for Kilgore College, a junior college, for two years, and then Yankton College in South Dakota, where he was noticed by a Denver Broncos coach watching film. The Broncos drafted him in the fourth round, in 1971. Alzado went back to Yankton after his rookie season to get his college degree. He received a B.A. in physical education with an emphasis on secondary education.
During his career in the 1970s and 1980s, he played defensive line for the Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Denver Broncos. He was noted as a colorful and popular figure with the Broncos, Browns and Raiders.