Bills S Byrd following in father's footsteps

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 20, 2012
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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. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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