Rob Lytle, an All-American running back at Michigan who scored a touchdown in the 1978 Super Bowl as a Denver Broncos rookie, has died. He was 56.

He died of a heart attack Saturday night in Fremont Ohio, Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Chasity O’Neill said Sunday. Lytle had been taken by ambulance to the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack, she added.

Lytle was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 1977. He scored on a 1-yard run in Denver’s 27-10 loss to Dallas in the Super Bowl. He played seven seasons with the Broncos and scored 14 times in the regular season.

“Rob was a teammate and an incredibly terrific guy,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said. “When I heard the news this morning, I was sickened by it. It’s a sad day because we’ve lost someone who was a great example of a Michigan man.”

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  1. Mark Payne says:

    OMG, cant believe this, Rob Lytle was my hero in the mid 70’s, will most remember him for his tough running style and great sucess vs Ohio St, one of the all time greats in Michigan History, RIP Rob Lytle!!

  2. Glenn T says:

    I have to agree, Rob Lytle was tough running back and he’ll not be forgotten. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

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