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Demetrius Byrd is a wide receiver who was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 224th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Byrd played four seasons of college football, including two at LSU. Byrd is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 195 pounds.
Byrd only played one season at Miami Central Senior High School in Miami, FL. He led the team with 36 catches for 864 yards and 10 touchdowns. Despite his inexperience, Byrd was recruited by Division I schools and signed with Florida International. However, end ended up attending Pearl River Community College.
In two seasons at Pearl River, Byrd caught 87 passes for 1,433 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a first team junior college All-America selection as a sophomore, and was rated a 4-star junior college recruit by rivals.com.
Byrd transferred to LSU for his final two seasons of college football. He helped the Tigers win the BCS National Championship in the 2007 season, catching a game-winning touchdown with one second left against Auburn. In his two seasons at LSU, he caught 72 passes for 1,120 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2007 and 2008, Byrd finished second on the team in receiving yards, finishing behind Brandon LaFell in both seasons.
On April 19, Byrd was involved in a car accident and checked in to the intensive care unit at Jackson Hospital in the Miami area. Byrd's mother said he suffered mostly bumps and bruises, but there was concern over a head injury. A hospital spokeswoman said Byrd was listed in "critical, but stable" condition. On April 22 a family member said a breathing tube was removed from his mouth, and that he was communicating and moving around. His condition was also upgraded to "serious but stable." On April 24, Byrd's condition was updated to "good" and he was moved out of intensive care. According to LSU, he is expected to make a full recovery.
Despite his car accident the week before the draft, Byrd was drafted in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He signed a contract with the team on Sept. 1, 2009, so the Chargers could monitor his progress in-house.
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