Buffalo Bills S Jairus Byrd following in father Gill's successful footsteps

Published November 20, 2012

| Associated Press

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.

He dreamed of being an NFL defensive back just like his father, Gill Byrd, a two-time Pro Bowl selection during a 10-year career with San Diego.

As a youngster, Byrd would audition for the role. He'd put on a Chargers helmet and pretend to be his dad.

Some 20 years later, the Byrd family legacy for producing top-tier defensive backs has entered its second generation.

The 2009 second-round pick out of Oregon leads Buffalo with four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He's particularly developed a knack for making game-changing plays on a 4-6 team still believes it can make a second-half playoff push. One that resumes at Indianapolis (6-4) Sunday.

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