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A graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, first time author, David Byrd Jr. earned All-American honors as a dual-sport athlete while attending high school at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY. It was through these athletic exploits that David earned a full athletic scholarship to Syracuse University where he would participate in both football and track & field.
At the conclusion of his collegiate career, David went on to sign National Football League contracts with the Buffalo Bills in 2000 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. In 2002, he was signed by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League where he was a two year starter at defensive back. In 2004, injury forced him to step away from the gridiron, however, allowed him to step into the world of fitness, wellness and mentorship.
David is a father of three residing in New York with his wife Melissa. An entrepreneur, actor, author, and creative writer, in 2008 David began Fast Feet Fitness, LLC. In 2013, after appearing in the HBO Drama, “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight”, David landed a role in the Universal Pictures featured film, “The Best Man Holiday”. In 2014, he established “Byrds Eye View”, a professional football, online journal featured on Albany.com. A three year Junior Achievement classroom volunteer and active participant in the Syracuse University Alumni Club of the Capital District, David is also a proud member of the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals.