Byron Chamberlain

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Byron Chamberlain
No. 86, 87, 82
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-10-17) October 17, 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Worth (TX) Eastern Hills
College: Wayne State (NE)
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222
Debuted in 1995 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Byron Daniel Chamberlain (born October 17, 1971) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. Chamberlain won back to back Super Bowl Championships as a member of the Denver Broncos. (Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII) He was voted to the 2002 Pro Bowl while with the Vikings.

Early life[edit]

Chamberlain was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Byron grew up in San Diego, CA. After his mother remarried, his family moved to Texas. He attended and graduated from Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas.[1] Chamberlain was a star in football, baseball and track for the Highlanders.

College career[edit]

Chamberlain's started his college career at the University of Missouri, where he made the All-Big Eight Conference freshman team. Chamberlain transferred to Wayne State College, a Division II College in Nebraska where he broke most of the receiving records. Chamberlain was a standout wide receiver at Wayne State from 1993-94. In his two seasons with the Wildcats, Chamberlain had 161 catches for 1,941 yards and 14 touchdowns and became the school's all-time leading receiver, In 1993, Chamberlain had 78 catches for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns to help the 9-1 Wildcats lead NCAA Division II in total offense that season. He added another 83 catches for 926 yards in 1994. The 83 catches tied most in a single season by a Wildcat receiver and his 16 catches vs. Bemidji State that season ranked most in a single game by a WSC receiver. His quarterback was Brett Salisbury, both were roommates and eventual Harlon Hill Trophy finalists. Chamberlain and Salisbury are the only two players to ever be nominated in the school's history for the Harlon Hill Award.

Professional career[edit]

Chamberlain was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (222nd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft.[2] He played in the NFL for nine seasons.[3] Byron played for Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. He spent the 1996 World League season with the Rhein Fire and led the league with 58 receptions for 685 yards (11.8) and a league leading 8 touchdowns. Byron was a key contributor as a member of the Denver Broncos back to back Super Bowl wins (Super Bowl XXXII & XXXIII). He was voted to the 2002 Pro Bowl while with the Minnesota Vikings. Byron finished his outstanding career with 167 catches for 2,048 yards (12.3) with 6 touchdowns.

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[4]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1995 DEN 5 1 - 11 11.0 11 0 1 0 0
1996 DEN 11 12 - 129 10.8 17 0 9 0 0
1997 DEN 10 2 - 18 9.0 9 0 1 0 0
1998 DEN 16 3 - 35 11.7 16 0 3 0 0
1999 DEN 16 32 - 488 15.3 88 2 18 0 0
2000 DEN 15 22 - 283 12.9 38 1 12 0 0
2001 MIN 16 57 - 666 11.7 47 3 28 1 1
2002 MIN 13 34 - 389 11.4 61 0 15 0 0
2003 WSH 4 4 - 29 7.3 15 0 1 0 0
Career 106 167 0 2,048 12.3 88 6 88 1 1

Returning Stats

Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoff Returns for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
1996 DEN 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 49 0 0 21
1997 DEN 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 0 0 13
2000 DEN 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 25 0 0 13
Career 36 0 0 0 0 0 6 87 0 0 21

Later life[edit]

In the fall of 2008, Chamberlain returned to Wayne State in Wayne, Nebraska to complete his degree. In an afternoon ceremony, Friday December 19, 2008 Chamberlain received his Bachelors Degree in Communications after nine seasons in the NFL.

Chamberlain started the Byron Chamberlain Foundation in 2000 to assist underserved individuals and communities.[5] Some of the foundations programs have included sports camps for underprivileged kids, clothes and shoe drives, food drives, toy drives as well as health education. Byron looks forward to adding new programs to his foundation including college scholarships as well other health education initiatives

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Byron Chamberlain". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Byron Chamberlain". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Byron Chamberlain". SI.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Byron Chamberlain Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Byron Chamberlain". Byron Chamberlain Foundation. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

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