Gill Byrd

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Gill Byrd
Illinois Fighting Illini
Position:Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1961-02-20) February 20, 1961 (age 58)
San Francisco, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:San Francisco (CA) Lowell
College:San Jose State
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:546
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Gill Arnette Byrd (born February 20, 1961) is a former professional American football player. 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. He was fired following the 2015 NFL season. On February 7, 2017, the Buffalo Bills hired Byrd to oversee the team's defensive backs.[3] He left the job in January and he is currently coaching defensive backs at the University of Illinois.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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 made the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2012, and 2013.


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  2. ^ "Hoke, Phair To Return To Bears Coaching Staff". WBBM-TV. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
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  4. ^ "GILL BYRD JOINS LOVIE SMITH'S ILLINOIS STAFF". February 23, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.

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