Before there was Tre’Davious White, there was Jairus Byrd. The starting safety spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in Buffalo from 2009 to 2013 and he made sure to make those years count.
Byrd was one of the best safeties in the league during his prime in Buffalo. He earned three Pro Bowl nods in 2009, 2012 and 2013. He even earned two All-Pro nods in 2012 and 2013 as well.
Jarius Byrd wasn’t just all hype either. He consistently had the stats to back it up. He led the league in interceptions in 2009 and was consistently rated among the best defensive players in the NFL. He even managed to rack up three sacks.
Byrd was a physical specimen to say the least. In college he played cornerback but the coaching staff made the smart move of shifting him to safety and that was where he was able to make his impact.
It’s unfortunate that his best years in Buffalo were wasted on teams that failed to make a run at the postseason. However, his time as a Bill will certainly be remembered and he will go down as one of the most important Bills players of the last decade.