Stephen Boyd (American football)

Stephen Boyd (American Football)

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Stephen Gerard Boyd (born August 22, 1972) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was a two time Pro Bowl selection as middle linebacker from the Detroit Lions. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Boston College, the 141st selection, where he starred for four seasons.

Early years

Boyd played his high school football for Valley Stream Central High School (Valley Stream, NY) for Coach Dan Tronolone, where he led the Eagles to the 1989 Nassau County Conference II Championship. In 1994 he was elected as the ECAC Player of the Year. As a senior, he was also invited to play in the 1994 East-West Shrine Game and the 1994 Hula Bowl.

Professional career


As a rookie in the NFL, he backed up legendary All-Pro middle linebacker Chris Spielman. When Spielman left the Lions for the Buffalo Bills in 1996, Boyd became a starter and an integral part of the defense for the next six seasons. In 1997, Boyd paced the Lions with 192 tackles leading Detroit to the NFC Wild Card game for the second time in three seasons. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week (8/31) in the season opener when he scored his first career touchdown (42 yard fumble recovery) and set up the game winning TD with his first career interception. He also led the team with 15 tackles.


In 1998, Boyd led the Lions with 156 tackles despite missing the last three games of the season with a shoulder injury. He was named NFC...
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