The NFL family is mourning the loss of Dennis Byrd, who was killed Saturday at age 50.
According to Tulsa World, “a 17-year-old from Claremore driving a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound on Oklahoma 88 veered into the oncoming lane, striking a 2004 Hummer H2 driven by Byrd. Byrd, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries.”
Byrd played for the New York Jets from 1989 to 1992, tallying 28 career sacks. His No. 90 was retired by the Jets on Oct. 28, 2012 at a halftime ceremony during a game against the Miami Dolphins.
Byrd overcame the neck injuries that ended his career by learning to walk again. It was a testament to the tremendous fight, determination and strength he displayed throughout his entire life.
“We are all devastated by the untimely loss of Dennis Byrd,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “Soft-spoken and strong-willed, the inspiration he provided to all not only by his play on the field but from the way he overcame life’s obstacles was remarkable by any measure. His impact on the New York Jets and the many lives he touched will never be forgotten.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Byrd’s family and friends.
Thumbnail photo via Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former player Dennis Byrd reacts after his number is retired during half time ceremonies at the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Dolphins won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports