Byrd Following in Father's Footsteps

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Byrd Following in Father's Footsteps
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Growing up, Jairus Byrd remembers the days when the new shipment of San Diego Chargers helmets would arrive. Quick as he could, Byrd would pull one over his tiny head and wobble his top-heavy frame out the door to scamper around pretending to be his father. ``I would just run around with the helmet on for no reason, just throwing up the ball,'' the Buffalo Bills safety said. ``I just had a love for the game, because sons want to be like their dads.'' If many kids aspire to one day play quarterback, the dream was far different for Jairus. He wanted to grow up being a defensive back like his father, Gill Byrd, who established himself as one of the Chargers' premier cornerbacks over a 10-year, two-time Pro Bowl career that ended in 1992...

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