Byron Braggs

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Byron Braggs
No. 73, 71
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-10-10) October 10, 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth: Montgomery, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Montgomery (AL) Carver
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 5 / Pick: 117
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played–started: 55–14
Sacks: 5.5
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Byron Charles Braggs (born October 10, 1959) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers (1981–1983) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984).

Early years[edit]

Braggs grew up in Montgomery, Alabama in the south-central part of the state. He attended and played football at George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery, graduating in 1977. Braggs was the first African American to win the "Jimmy Hitchcock Award", named in honor of Auburn University's All-American football player, who also was a native of Montgomery.

College career[edit]

He played college football at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1977 to 1980. While playing for the Crimson Tide, Braggs was twice named All-Southeastern Conference (1979 and 1980), and All-American (1979 and 1980). Braggs played on Alabama's 1978 and 1979 National Championship teams. He had two quarterback sacks in the 1979 Sugar Bowl win over Penn State.

Professional career[edit]

Braggs entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in the 1981 NFL Draft as a defensive lineman. The head coach of the Packers' was NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr. Starr attended and played football at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama.

After football[edit]

Today, Braggs lives in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and serves as a volunteer fire fighter.