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Brent Boyd

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Brent Boyd
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Personal information
Born: (1957-03-23) March 23, 1957 (age 67)
Downey, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Lowell (Whittier, CA)
NFL draft:1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games started:27
Player stats at PFR

Brent Boyd (born March 23, 1957) is a former American football offensive guard and an advocate for retired football players. He is considered by many[according to whom?] to be the "father" of the concussion awareness issue due to his three US Congressional testimonies and media crusade to fight for proper treatment of NFL retirees, their wives and families, and all people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.



Boyd played football scholastically at Lowell High School in Whittier, California and collegiately at the University of California, Los Angeles.[1] He graduated with Honors in 1980. He was accepted into law school but chose the NFL instead. The Minnesota Vikings selected him in the third round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played for the Vikings through the 1986 season. In his rookie year 1980, Boyd earned First-team NFL All-Rookie team, but his path to stardom was sidetracked when he blew his knee out the next year 1981. He fought through this injury anyway and played seven seasons.

Boyd resides in Reno, Nevada. He is the founder of the NFL retired players advocacy group, Dignity After Football. He has testified before Congress about the NFL's player-disability plan and about the health issues that he faces as a result of concussions suffered during his playing days. .[2][3][4][5][6]

See also



  1. ^ Florence, Mal (September 20, 1979). "Brent Boyd May Really Be All-Coast This Year". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Schwarz, Alan (June 27, 2007). "Congress Scolds N.F.L. and Union". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Keating, Peter (April 9, 2008). "Judiciary Committee blasts NFL, union over medical care". ESPN The Magazine.
  4. ^ Nordli, Brian (November 24, 2011). "After football: Reno's Boyd is living example of what can happen to former NFL players". Reno Gazette-Journal.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyOzKyUlNNg
  6. ^ http://mynews4.com/news/local/inside-the-story-head-injuries-and-the-future-of-football