( Michael Wyke)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:34 PM
Former Jets defensive lineman Dennis Byrd was killed in a car crash Saturday on a state highway north of Claremore, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed. He was 50.
Fox23 reports that Byrd was behind the wheel of a 2004 Hummer H2 when a 17-year-old male driving a 2000 Ford Explorer “traveled left of center” and struck Byrd’s vehicle.
Byrd was pronounced dead on the scene. The teen and a 12-year-old passenger in Byrd’s car were taken to the hospital for injuries, according to Fox23.
Byrd was born in Oklahoma City and played four seasons with the Jets after playing college ball for the University of Tulsa. On Nov. 29, 1992, Byrd suffered a spinal injury after colliding with a teammate during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The broken vertebra in his neck left Byrd paralyzed from the waist down for a brief time. However, he eventually was able to walk again after physical therapy.
The Jets retired Byrd’s No. 90 jersey during a ceremony in October of 2012.