Aaron Douglas Kyle (born April 6, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American Football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. He played high school football at the prestigious Cass Technical High School graduating in 1971. He played college football at the University of Wyoming and was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft.
1 Early years,
2 Professional career
2.1 Dallas Cowboys,
2.2 Denver Broncos,
After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1971, he went on to play safety for the University of Wyoming football team, for which he ranks 13th in career tackles with 275.
Kyle played in the 1975 Blue-Gray Football Classic, the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game.
Only the second Wyoming player ever to be drafted to the NFL in the first round and the first defensive back ever to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys that high (1976 NFL Draft).
Early in his career he contributed by playing special teams, something that he would maintain during his time with the Cowboys, even winning some weekly awards for his performance.
By the start of his second year, he replaced hall of famer Mel Renfro in the starting lineup at cornerback. He missed the last four games of that season (1977), because of a fractured left wrist he suffered after a 34-16 win over the Washington Redskins.
Kyle played in Dallas for 4 seasons and helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, even recording an interception in the game. Unfortunately for him, he is mostly remembered by a missed tackle that allowed John Stallworth to have a 75 yard touchdown play in Super Bowl XIII.
Before the start of the 1980 season, he had a knee surgery, which would lead the team to placed him in the injured reserve list. Once the season started, the Cowboys tried to recall him from the Injured reserve list, but because they used the procedural recall system, he was able to be declared as a free agent.
On October 1980, the Denver Broncos signed Kyle as a free-agent and activated him immediately.
He played 3 more seasons in Denver, leading the team in turnovers in both 1981 and 1982, with a total of 5 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries. He retired at the end the 1982 season, after being the Broncos player representative during that season's strike.