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Class of 1952
The two-way anchor of the offensive and defensive lines for the most successful football teams in Concord High School history, Dick Lyons went on to a successful college career at Virginia Military Institute and was the final cut of the Washington Redskins in 1956.
One of four children, Lyons grew up on Commonwealth Avenue in the Old White Row houses located in the shadow of the Concord Reformatory, where Lyons' father was employed. A regular at Rideout Field, Lyons' arrival at CHS in the fall of 1948 coincided R. LYONS (Co-Captain) with the golden age of football at CHS. Crowds ringed Emerson center consor High 8 8-lb senior Field by the thousands to see Bernie Megin's squad chew up opponents en route to a state-record 56-game winning streak. A three-year starter at center and linebacker, Lyons was twice named Boston Globe and Herald Honorable mention All-Scholastic. In his junior year, Lyons was a Class C All-Scholastic and led the Patriots to a perfect regular season and first-ever trip to the Piedmont Bowl in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a Senior co-captain, Lyons helped the Patriots earn a return trip to NC, where they defeated a New Hanover (NC) squad led by future NFL Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, 2013.
Following his CHS career Lyons headed South to VMI in Lexington, Virginia, where he quickly established himself by breaking in to the starting lineup as a freshman. Lyons went on to letter three times for the Keydets as a two-way iron man, captaining the Squad as a Senior while playing the entire game every Saturday. The recipient of a state of Virginia Outstanding Sportsmanship award, Lyons was one of a handful of nominees for All-American from the ultra-competitive Southern Conference. Following graduation in the spring of 1956, Lyons was invited to try out for the Washington Redskins, and Stayed in camp until the final round of cuts.
Lyons went on to serve his country in the military for two years, and played three years of football for Fort Benning in Georgia, winning Most Valuable lineman honors in 1958. Dick then moved back North, embarking on a 33-year career as a public school teacher in Walpole and Needham. Dick coached football at both schools, and also started an intramural wrestling program in Needham.
"My fondest memories from high School were playing in the Piedmont Bowl as a junior and senior, two truly memorable trips and a wonderful experience for the entire team," said Lyons. "I will also never forget beating Rindge Tech of Cambridge as a Senior, and the entire town of "Royal Rooters' coming Out by the thousands to cheer us on every game at Emerson Field. It was special to be part of that era of football at CHS and feel like we were representing all of the people who lived in the community at that time."
Dick and his wife of 43 years, Carol (Carmody), a 1958 CHS graduate, are the parents of daughters Linda and Lisa and Sons John and Richard. Retired from teaching since 1994, Dick enjoys golfing and currently resides in Franklin.