|Date of birth||March 23, 1957|
|Place of birth||Downey, California|
|NFL draft||1980 / Round: 3 / Pick 68|
Brent Boyd is a former American football offensive guard and an advocate for retired football players. He is considered by many 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 college football at the University of California, Los Angeles. 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, Brent 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 now resides in Reno, Nevada. He is named one of Reno's most prominent residents.
Brent 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. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyOzKyUlNNg, http://mynews4.com/news/local/inside-the-story-head-injuries-and-the-future-of-football
- Schwarz, Alan (June 27, 2007). "Congress Scolds N.F.L. and Union". The New York Times.
- Keating, Peter (April 9, 2008). "Judiciary Committee blasts NFL, union over medical care". ESPN The Magazine.
- Nordli, Brian (November 24, 2011). "After football: Reno's Boyd is living example of what can happen to former NFL players". Reno Gazette-Journal.
- Dignity After Football website
- Congressional hearing on NFL's system for compensating retired players
- "Former Guard Brent Boyd's CTE Brain Scan,"
- GQ Casualties of the Gridiron, Episode 2, GQ magazine, Nov. 21, 2013. —Video. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/judge-approves-nearly-1-billion-nfl-concussion-settlement/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyOzKyUlNNg
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