At NC State: Dennis Byrd was a dominating presence for the Wolfpack's famed "White Shoes" defense, competing on the defensive line for NC State from 1965-57. An adept pass rusher who combined size, agility, strength and a desire for hitting, Byrd was the Pack's first consensus All-American, earning honors in 1967. He was also the first three-time All-ACC player in league history, earning accolades all three years that he lettered. As a junior, he led the voting for All-ACC lineman and after his senior campaign, participated in four college all-star games.
In the Professional Ranks: Byrd was a first-round draft pick of the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1968.