Perhaps the best cornerback in team history, Gill Byrd was able to parlay a 10-year playing career into a coaching career, one that is still going on today.
During his playing career, Byrd was one of the league’s top cover corners.
Byrd spent his entire career in San Diego after being selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft out of San José State. Born in San Francisco, he was able to stay in the State of California for his entire football playing career.
His 42 career interceptions easily top the team’s all-time list. He returned two of those for touchdowns. That helped land him in the team’s Hall of Fame, as well as a spot on the Chargers’ 50th Anniversary Team.
Between 1988 and 1990, he had seven interceptions in three straight seasons.
Still sharp toward the end of his career, Byrd retired after the 1992 season after back-to-back trips to the Pro Bowl. After enjoying about 10 years of retirement, he got into coaching, joining the then-St. Louis Rams as a defensive assistant. Since that time, he has served on the coaching staff of four NFL teams and is currently coaching defensive backs at the University of Illinois.
His roots will always be in California though, and he will forever be a Charger. Every time we see the No. 22 jersey, we will be reminded of his ability to stick to wide receivers like glue and create game-changing turnovers.