So sad. Over 20 years after he was forced to retire due to an injury, New York Jets player Dennis Byrd has died after a tragic car crash in Oklahoma.
Dennis Byrd, 50, has died, confirms CNN. Best known as a player for the New York Jets in the early 90’s, the former football star was killed when another vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into the truck he was driving. So awful.
Sadly, the driver of the other car was reportedly a 17-year-old who was driving with a 12-year-old passenger. Both were rushed to a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have been reported stable despite sustaining multiple injuries in the crash.
Dennis served as an inspiration to football players everywhere after he broke his neck in on-field accident in 1992, forcing him to retire. The injury was paralyzing, but Dennis persevered and learned how to walk again less than a year after his professional football career ended.
“We are all devastated by the untimely loss of Dennis Byrd,” current New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a heartbreaking statement. “Soft-spoken and strong-willed, the inspiration he provided to all not only by his play on the field but from the way he overcame life’s obstacles was remarkable by any measure.”
Dennis is survived by his wife, Angela Hales, and their four children — ages unknown.
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