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Former Crimson Tide star Marty Lyons had a minor stroke and plans to resume his broadcast duties with the New York Jets before the NFL season starts.

Former Crimson Tide star Marty Lyons recovering from a stroke

Nick Cole

Former Alabama defensive lineman Marty Lyons is recovering from a stroke.

According to a report from ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the 60-year-old broadcaster suffered a mild stroke three weeks ago.

“I’m very fortunate,” Lyons told ESPN on Tuesday. “I got the best of the worst. It could’ve been a lot worse.”

Lyons was a consensus All-American under legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He played for the Crimson Tide from 1975-78, and he was a key member of the 1978 national title team. He won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award for his work on that team.

After a long and successful NFL career with the New York Jets, Lyons settled into a broadcasting role with the team. Cimini reports that Lyons will miss the Jets’ first two preseason games, but he is hoping to get back in the booth in time for the regular season.