Sport

Football

Years Played

1985-88

Year Inducted

2003

A key member of the Bison football team that won the 1988 NCAA national championship, Byers was a two-year starter at inside linebacker for North Dakota State, a four-year letterwinner, a first-team All-North Central Conference selection as a senior, and a first-team All-America pick by both the Associated Press and The Football Gazette his senior year.

He played on three NCAA title teams at NDSU (1985, 1986 and 1988). He was far-and-away the leading tackler on the 1988 national championship team, charting 122 tackles, breaking up six passes and forcing two fumbles during the regular season.

Byers added 29 additional tackles that season in the playoffs including a game-high 16 stops and one fumble recovery in the win over Portland State in the championship game. He had a career-high 20 tackles in a game against Northern Michigan as a junior and 18 tackles against Nebraska-Omaha as a senior.

For his career, Byers logged 318 tackles, 13 for losses, two pass interceptions, and one fumble recovery including regular season and 10 NCAA playoff game appearances. He led the Bison in tackles both his junior and senior years.

Byers had a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League and played semi-pro football for one year with the Pueblo Crusaders, winning a league championship.

A native of Minneapolis, he was a prep star at Roosevelt High School where he was team captain, two-time all-conference, and all-state as a senior. He now lives in just outside of Duluth, Minn., and works with children through teaching, counseling and coaching.