American Football Database
Israel Byrd
No. 45     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-02-01) February 1, 1971 (age 51)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
High School: Parkway Central High School
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Utah State
Debuted in 1993 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
* New Orleans Saints (1993-1996)
Career highlights and awards
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Career NFL statistics as of 1999
Games played     7
Games started     0
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Israel Fabian Byrd (born February 1, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former professional American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL), NFL Europe, and the Arena Football League (AFL).

Early years

At Parkway Central High School, Byrd excelled in football, basketball, and track and field. During his college career, he continued to excel in football and track and field at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California and Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Byrd received All-Conference and All-State honors in both football and track and field during high school and All-Conference honors in both sports during his college years.

Professional football career

In the NFL, Byrd played for the New Orleans Saints (1993–1996) and the Tennessee Titans (1999) and was allocated to the Scottish Claymores (1995 and 1997) and Berlin Thunder (1999) in the NFL Europe league. He returned to the United States from NFL Europe as a member of the Tennessee Titans roster, where he joined his younger brother - wide receiver Isaac Byrd.

Upon recovering from injuries, Byrd continued to play American football as a defensive specialist in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm (2000) and the Detroit Fury (2001). After retiring from professional football, Byrd decided to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Interdisciplinary Studies at Utah State University and later developed and implemented business ventures.

Coaching career

In 2000, Byrd began his transition into coaching defensive backs on the collegiate level. In 2008, Byrd was selected to coach Defensive Backs with the St. Louis Rams as a part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, which provides NFL Training Camp positions to minority coaches every year. Many current NFL coaches have participated in the program and some past graduates of the program have gone on to be appointed to NFL coordinator or head coaching positions. In 2009, he was re-selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program to coach Defensive Backs with the Washington Redskins.

Byrd has been coaching Defensive Backs on the collegiate level for over five years and completed his fourth year as a Defensive Backs Coach for Washington University in St. Louis NCAA DIII football program in 2011. Byrd's defensive secondary strategies and tactics have gained him notoriety allowing him to speak at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in St. Louis in 2008 and 2009, where he was a Clinic Speaker on man-to-man and bump and run teaching progressions. As a result, several defensive back players at Washington University in St. Louis earned All-Conference, All-Regional, and All-American honors.

In 2011, Byrd was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program to coach Defensive Backs and Special Teams with the Dallas Cowboys.


  • Israel Byrd NFL Player Profile
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  • Eisenbath, Mike, “No Fantasy; Hard Work Making Dreams Come True for Isaac Byrd”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 26, 1992.
  • Israel Byrd Player Profile. ArmchairGM
  • Israel Byrd Player News. ArenaFan Online
  • Kuharsky, Paul, “Five Titans to NFL Europe”, The Tennessean, February 23, 1999
  • “Transactions”, The New York Times, May 9, 1993
  • “Transactions”, The New York Times, August 20, 1996.
  • Nike Coach of the Year Football Clinic, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Thomas, Jim, “A Cut Above; 3 Area Players Who Weren’t Drafted Score Breakthrough, Make NFL Rosters”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 29, 1994.
  • Thomas, Jim, “Payton Hearing Footsteps, But They’re a Long Way Off”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 1, 1993