Dennis Byrd ’69, the first conference player to be named All-ACC three times, will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend in South Bend, Ind.
Byrd was an All-American defensive lineman in 1966 and 1967, and is the fourth Wolfpack player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The North Carolina native died July 2010. He was a leader on NC State’s “White Shoes Defense,” which helped defeat third-ranked Houston in 1967 and held opponents to less than nine points per game that season.
The National Football Foundation nominates players for induction and enshrinement. “Dennis Byrd possessed a rare combination of size and agility that helped make history at NC State,” says Steve Hatchell, NFF’s president and CEO. “He played the game because he loved it, and there is nobody more deserving of a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame than Dennis Byrd.”