Lyles to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

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The late Lenny Lyles, among the best University of Louisville running backs ever, will be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.

Lyles scored 43 touchdowns at U of L from 1954 to 1957, a mark that still stands. He amazingly scored six touchdowns in a 72-0 rout of Wayne State in 1955. His team had an 8-1 record during his senior year, including the school’s first bowl win in the Sun Bowl.


He would leave his mark on the Louisville business scene as founder of the Lyles Mall, on West Broadway, which began more than three decades ago. He was also an executive for BATUS and the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation.

Lyles will be honored Feb. 28 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. A framed photograph (we’re told the one above taken by Card Game at the 2010 Paul Hornung ceremonies) will displayed permanently at the KICC.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.