College Football Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, December 8, the National Football Foundation will induct its class of 2015. The list of inductees impresses for the body of its accomplishments and depth of character. That Dad will be enshrined with – and the recipient of – such an incredible honor is humbling, meaningful, and a testament to how Rob Lytle played football – with his whole heart.

Leading into the event, Rich McGowan of the Fremont News-Messenger has written several pieces that highlight Dad’s character, enduring legacy, and how bittersweet these celebrations are for our family.

Character led Fremont native Rob Lytle to Hall of Fame

Lytle Family stand in for Rob, rather than with him

Is Hall of Fame career worth price of admission

The events on Tuesday will include a press conference for all inductees (and yours truly) in the morning and the ceremony in the evening.  Live streams of both the Annual Awards Dinner (link here), starting at 8 p.m. ET, and the morning press conference (link here), starting at 9 a.m. ET, will be available on ESPN3. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, the American Sports Network will produce and nationally televise a live Red Carpet Show leading up to the dinner ceremonies. Visit americansportsnet.com for a full list of stations and times throughout the country.

Full information on viewing all events is available on the National Football Foundation site: Hall of Fame Ceremonies.

And for those interested in more on my bond with my father, To Dad, From Kelly offers an honest, heartfelt look into our relationship.

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6 comments

  1. Kelly, while your dad is more than deserving of this recognition, know that he would be honored and pleased at your participation in his stead. Your dad was known as the ultimate teammate, understand that by standing in for him you are representing team Lytle in a way that would make him proud. I’m just as honored and pleased to be able to call him, and you, my friends.

    1. Mike- thank you for the kind words. The game of football is a special one as are the bonds it can help forge between fathers and sons. Congratulations on the lessons and meaning you are having on so many kids through this game. It is an honor to be a small part of the program!

  2. What can I say? A truly well deserved honor for your dad. But somehow I think he’d be more honored by the love and remembrance you have for him as a family. I’m sure he would be proud of all of you–and especially you, my friend, for writing one of the greatest sports books of all time, and I mean that sincerely. I hope that when my time on this earth comes to an end, I leave behind as much affection and love as you have for your dad. Merry Christmas, my friend—Matt Bagamery

    1. Thanks Matt. You’re absolutely correct. As much as Dad loved football and as proud as he was to have played the game at its highest level, family always came first. This was true in his words and – more importantly – in his actions. As always, I appreciate your generous words and support of To Dad, From Kelly. It means the world that it has had a positive impact and reached so many.

  3. Kelly thanks for the link, it worked well, and can say how proud I am to have grown up with and to have been a friend of your dad. Life iis about who you love and who loves you, and in this your father was a hall of famer! Have a blessed holiday season!

    John Cullen

    1. Hi John- Thank you for watching and for the support. This year has been a whirlwind, but it’s given our family a chance to remember Dad’s character and spirit. Not much better than that.

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