Byron Capers
Born: (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 50)
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive back
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight194 lb (88 kg)
CollegeFlorida State
High schoolJoseph Wheeler
NFL draft1997, Round: 7, Pick: 225
Drafted byPhiladelphia Eagles
Career history
As player
1997*Philadelphia Eagles
1997*Kansas City Chiefs
19982001Toronto Argonauts
2001BC Lions
20012002Winnipeg Blue Bombers
20022003Ottawa Renegades
2003Edmonton Eskimos
2004Ottawa Renegades
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Total tackles193
Forced fumbles6
Fumble recoveries5
Pass deflections37
Interceptions7

Byron Capers (born March 21, 1974) is a former American professional Canadian football defensive back who played in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Florida State.

Early life and high school

Capers was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up primarily in Marietta, Georgia, where he attended Wheeler High School.[1] As a senior, he was named first-team All-State and a second-team All-American by USA Today after making 117 tackles on defense and rushing for 1,305 yards on offense, as well as an All-American in track.[2] Capers committed to play college football at Florida State University.[3]

College career

Capers played four seasons for the Florida State Seminoles. As a freshman, he appeared mostly as a reserve safety and on special teams in the Seminoles 1993 national championship team. As a junior, he was named as the second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. He was named as the first-team All-ACC in his senior season.[4]

Capers also competed in Florida State's track team and earned All-America status as a junior in the 4x100 relay.[5]

Professional career

Capers was selected in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was cut at the end training camp.[6][7][8] He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs into their practice squad on November 13, 1997.[9]

In 1998, Capers was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Capers played three and a half seasons in Toronto before being traded to the BC Lions in 2001.[10] Capers was released by the Lions after three games and was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he finished the season, recording four interceptions in seven games played.[11][12] He was released by the Blue Bombers in August of the following season and was picked up by the Ottawa Renegades for the final three games of the season. Capers started the 2003 season with the Renegades before being released and was signed later in the season by the Edmonton Eskimos, where he was a member of the Grey Cup championship team but did not play in any games. He was re-signed by the Renegades in 2004.[13]

References

  1. ^ Staff, Bill Buchalter of The Sentinel. "FSU HAS COMMITMENTS FROM 6 ALL-AMERICANS". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Florida State's football recruiting class of 1993". Rivals.com. April 20, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Murphy, Austin (August 30, 1993). "HIS TIME HAS COME". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Visser, David (August 13, 2016). "23 days to FSU football: All-American WR begins debate of best Seminole No. 23". TomahawkNation.com. SB Nation. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Two-Sport Track Athletes". Seminoles.com. June 21, 1999. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "1997 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  7. ^ Settle, Mike (April 23, 2020). "'Noles in the NFL Draft: The 1990s". SI.com. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "EAGLES CUT ROSTER DOWN TO 53 PLAYERS". The Morning Call. August 25, 1997. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Transactions". The Baltimore Sun. November 14, 1997. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Transactions". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dyson dislocates kneecap". CBC.ca. September 7, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Byron Capers - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  13. ^ "Capers returns to Renegades". oursportscentral.com. July 8, 2004. Retrieved August 4, 2020.