Keith Byars is a sports broadcaster and former football fullback in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Byars was a tailback with the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1982 to 1985, under head coach Earle Bruce. In 1984, Byars finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting (behind Doug Flutie) after a season where he gained an OSU record 2,441 all-purpose yards, including a then-school record 1,764 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
A superb rusher, blocker, and pass receiver, Byars was a vital contributor for every team he played on. In his 13 NFL seasons, Byars rushed for 3,109 yards, caught 610 passes for 5,661 yards, returned five kickoffs for 94 yards, and completed 6 of 13 passes for 119 yards and six touchdowns, with one interception. He also scored 54 touchdowns (23 rushing and 31 receiving). His six passing touchdowns are the third highest total by a running back in NFL history. Byars 610 receptions are the 2nd most catches by a fullback and 4th most by a halfback/fullback/running back in NFL history as of 2018.
Keith Byars coached the Boca Raton High School varsity football team in Boca Raton, Florida from 2009 to September 2011. He has co-hosted a sports radio show with ESPN 1410 WING-AM in Dayton, Ohio where he is from He has also been a television analyst for "New York Football Weekly" and This Week in Football on the YES Network.