Former Jets DL Dennis Byrd Killed in Car Accident in Claremore, Oklahoma

Dennis Byrd

It’s a tragic day for Jets fans, as former lineman Dennis Byrd, best remembered for coming back from a serious spinal injury, has died following a car accident in Oklahoma.

Here’s the details from Pro Football Talk:

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets defensive lineman best known for battling back from a serious spinal injury and recovering to walk again, has died at the age of 51.

Byrd was killed in a car crash in Claremore, Oklahoma, today. According to Fox 23, Byrd was driving down the highway when his vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle, which had crossed the center line. A 12-year-old passenger in Byrd’s vehicle was hospitalized, as was the 17-year-old boy driving the vehicle that hit Byrd’s vehicle. Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thoughts and prayers to Dennis’ family.

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