Dennis Byrd, former New York Jets player, succumbs in auto accident

( CNN) , a , died Saturday in a auto wreck outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Byrd, 50, played four years in the NFL before a paralyzing on-field injury aimed his professional career in 1992. But the towering 6-foot-5-inch, 270 -pound defensive lineman became remembered best for learning to walk again in less than a year after the accident, going on to serve as an to Jets players and fans alike.

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