Former NFL DL Dennis Byrd Dies in Car Crash at Age 50

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 16, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 28:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Former New York Jet Dennis Byrd speaks to the crowd during a ceremony retiring his number 90 during halftime of a game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 28, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 30-9.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Former NFL defensive lineman Dennis Byrd died at the age of 50 in a car crash in Oklahoma on Saturday.

Per the Tulsa World, Byrd was involved in a two-car collision on Oklahoma 88 that killed him and sent two other people to the hospital in critical condition.

Per the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, via the Tulsa World, the crash took place around 11:15 a.m. local time when a 17-year-old teenager veered into the oncoming lane and struck a 2004 Hummer driven by Byrd. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His NFL career was cut short on November 29, 1992, when he suffered a broken neck during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It wasn't certain he would be able to walk again after the injury, but he got back on his feet in time to walk out to midfield at the Meadowlands for the season opener in 1993.

In October 2012, the Jets honored Byrd by retiring his No. 90 in a halftime ceremony during the team's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Byrd was a second-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 1989. He appeared in 57 games over four seasons and recorded 28 sacks.


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