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Wendell Avery Tyler (born May 20, 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 3rd round of the 1977 NFL Draft. A 5'10", 198 lbs. running back from UCLA, Tyler played in 10 NFL seasons from 1977-1986 for the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.[1]

In 1979, he helped lead the Rams to Super Bowl XIV,[2] where they were defeated 31-19 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] In 1984, he rushed for a 49er team record 1,262 yards during the regular season, and also caught 28 passes for 230 yards, was selected to the Pro Bowl, and played in Super Bowl XIX in which the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16. Tyler was the first player ever to lead two different teams in rushing in two different Super Bowls.

College career[]

Tyler played running back at UCLA from 1973–1976 and is fifth in career rushing yards for the Bruins, with 3,240 yards. 1976 All-Conference and 3rd team All American, Tyler was on the 1975 UCLA team that won the Pacific-8 Conference and defeated number one ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.


Tyler's son, Marc Tyler was rated by ESPN as the top high school running back in the United States graduating in 2007. Marc played at football powerhouse Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California and plays college football for the USC Trojans, the chief rival of his father's alma mater, UCLA.


  1. Wendell Tyler. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved on 2010-03-18.
  2. "Tyler Lost?", Reading Eagle, 1980-09-18. Retrieved on 2010-03-18. 
  3. Super Bowl XIV. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved on 2010-03-18.