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Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Oct. 15, 2016, in a car accident. He was 50.

New York Jets: Can Dennis Byrd's Speech Help the Jets Soar Past the Steelers?

3 Nov 1991: Defensive lineman Dennis Byrd of the New York Jets looks on ...

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Rise and Walk: The Trial and Triumph of Dennis Byrd. An account of the New York Jet's struggle to walk again after a spinal back injury describes Byrd's football successes in high school and college, and his heroic battle with painful physical therapy to overcome paralysis.

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This inspiring made-for-television drama tells the true story of how Dennis Byrd -- professional football player for the New York Jets -- rebounded from a terrible game injury that left him paralyzed. Director: Michael Dinner Writers: Dennis Byrd (book), Michael D'Orso (book), 1 more credit » Stars: Peter Berg, Kathryn Morris, Wolfgang Bodison