11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
A member of four Iowa Conference champion football squads, Blythe was one of the top defensive ends in Central history. He was a three-time all-Iowa Conference pick and a two-time first-team selection. Blythe was tabbed for the Associated Press college division all-America squad in 1986, chosen from athletes at NCAA Division II and III schools as well as NAIA schools. He was Central’s Lankelma Award winner in 1985 as the team’s top underclassman and the Mentink Award for inspiration and leadership on the field and in the classroom. He served as the team’s lone captain in 1986.
Blythe was also a three-time NCAA Division III playoff participant, helping the Dutch reach the national championship game at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in 1984. Central advanced to the semifinals in 1985 and the quarterfinals in 1986.
The Dutch were 7-2 during Blythe’s freshman year in 1983, then didn’t lose another regular-season game in the remainder of his career, part of a school-record 36-game regular-season winning streak. Central was 40-5 overall during his career.
A leader of some of Central’s most stifling defenses, Blythe topped the Dutch tackle charts in 1985 with 92, including 13 tackles for loss and a remarkable 14 quarterback sacks. He was third in tackles in 1986 with 107, made 19 tackles for loss and had eight pass sacks. The Dutch defense yielded just 6.9 points and 173.2 yards a game in 1985 while giving up 8.0 points and 197.1 yards in 1986.
A Williamsburg, Iowa native, Blythe earned a veterinary degree at Iowa State Univ. and he lives in Orange City where he is a partner at Orange City Veterinary Clinic.