Gill Byrd
No. 22     
Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-20) February 20, 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 1983 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 1992 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
* San Diego Chargers (1983-1992)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl selection (1991, 1992)

Gill Arnette Byrd,[1] (born February 20, 1961 in San Francisco, California) 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 careerEdit

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]


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 enjoyed a Pro Bowl season in 2009.


Byrd wore #22 in high school and with the Chargers, and it proved to be a lucky number. San Diego chose him with the 22nd pick of the 1983 NFL Draft.


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