Demetrius Byrd

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Demetrius Byrd
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Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-30) June 30, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Demetrius Byrd (born June 30, 1986 in Miami, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University.

Early years[edit]

Byrd played pop warner for the Miami Lakes Jaguars under head coach Buck Bailey who produced players in the NFL such as Chad Johnson, Chad Simpson, Samari Rolle, Gartrell Johnson and many more

Byrd played just one year at the high school level — his senior season at Miami Central High School. He led Miami Dade in yards with 36 catches 864 yards and 10 touchdowns his first year playing high school football. He signed with Florida International University, but opted to enroll in Pearl River Community College instead.

College career[edit]

Byrd being tackled against Ole Miss.

Byrd started for two years at Pearl River, helping that school to back-to-back Mississippi state junior college championships. He was coached by current JCJC (Jones County Jr. College) WR Coach Melvin Tart. He combined to catch 87 balls for 1,433 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career, earning first team All-American junior college honors this past season. Byrd was rated the No. 8 junior college wide receiver in America by JCGridiron.com in 2006.

He transferred to LSU in 2007 and became an immediate contributor to the team. The biggest moment of his short college career came on October 20, 2007, when he caught a game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Flynn with time expiring in regulation vs. rival Auburn University.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On April 26, 2009, Byrd was selected by the San Diego Chargers 224th overall in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. This was despite a serious car accident in Florida a week before the draft. Byrd was upgraded from critical to good and discharged from the Intensive care unit. Byrd was placed on the non-football injury/illness reserve list before the 2009 season. On March 22, 2010, Byrd was released by the Chargers.

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