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Byrd wants to surpass elder Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2009 – 4:58 pm

Bills NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Jairus Byrd has a father that was a pretty accomplished NFL cornerback in Gil Byrd, a former San Diego Charger, who had 42 interceptions in a nine-year career. The younger Byrd however, is interested in eclipsing that INT total in his career.

“Before I even came in, my goal was always to be better than him,” said the Bills rookie. “Whatever he does I want to break whatever he does. It’s competition so that’s without being said.”

When asked if his dad has argued that his son has it easier at free safety than he did at corner, Byrd said his dad has made no excuses.

“No, he hasn’t argued anything,” said Byrd. “It’s just an interception is an interception.”

And Byrd is off to a heck of a start with five interceptions in five career starts, including back-to-back games with two. It took Gill Byrd his first two seasons to log five interceptions.

The elder Byrd also did not a very successful NFL defensive back for a father.

“He’s always basically kind of told me things to look out for; things not to do and things that I should do,” said Byrd. “It kind of gives me a heads up beforehand so I know what I’m getting into that others might not have.”

All that tutelage along with some good instincts are already paying off.

There’s also one other Byrd that Jairus Byrd will pass if he’s able to eclipse his father’s interception total of 42 in his career. Provided he remains a Bill for most of his career he could also pass Bills Wall of Famer Butch Byrd, who still holds the franchise record for interceptions with 40.

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