By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Byrd had his playing career come to an end when he was left partially paralyzed from an on-field collision. He was later able to walk again.
Byrd’s car was hit head-on by a 17-year-old male after it had drifted to the left-side of the road, according to Oklahoma’s Fox 23. Byrd was killed instantly, while his 12-year-old passenger survived with minor injuries.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore. They also said the crash happened at about 11:15 am between Oologah and Claremore.
The 17-year-old was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound on Oklahoma 88 when it veered into the oncoming lane, hitting the 2004 Hummer H2, which Byrd was driving, according to the authorities.
He had his jersey #90 retired by the team back in 2012. The Jets have an award named in his honor, which is their Most Inspirational Player Award, because he walked to the center of the field in 1993 to represent the team during the coin toss.
Byrd is the second former NFL player that died on Saturday. Quentin Groves, a 32-year-old former linebacker, died after suffering a heart attack.
Groves played for five teams in his eight-year career, while Byrd played his entire career with the Jets.
Byrd played four-years with the Jets. He played in 57 games, including 40 starts. He had 28.0 sacks and had a safety.
During the 1989 season, he had a kickoff return for a yard on a on-side kick.
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