Gill Byrd

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Gill Byrd
No. 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Cornerbacks coach
Position: Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-20) February 20, 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: San Jose State
NFL draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Gill Arnette Byrd,[1] (born February 20, 1961 in San Francisco, California) is a former professional American football player and current cornerbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a two time Pro Bowl cornerback in 1991 and 1992 for the San Diego Chargers after graduating from San Jose State University. Byrd was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1998. He was an All-City running back and defensive back at Lowell High School (San Francisco), helping to lead the Cardinals to the city championship in his senior season of 1978.

Coaching career[edit]

Byrd began his coaching career in 2003 as a volunteer with the St. Louis Rams. He was promoted to assistant secondary coach in 2005. On February 20, 2006, Byrd was hired by the Chicago Bears. In 2007, he served as the assistant defensive backs coach after holding the position of defensive quality control coach in his first year with the team. Byrd was promoted to assistant defensive backs/safeties coach on January 16, 2008. Byrd was fired on January 19, 2013.[2] He became the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerbacks coach in 2014.


His sons, Gill Byrd, Jr. and Jairus Byrd, played college football at New Mexico State University and the University of Oregon, respectively. Jairus was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 42nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft as a cornerback, but has since been moved to the free safety position, at which he has enjoyed Pro Bowl seasons in 2009, 2012, and 2013.


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