Byron Gentry

Byron Burk Gentry (October 20, 1913  February 10, 1992)[1] was a professional American football guard[2] in the National Football League. He played three seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.[3]

Byron Gentry
Personal information
Born:(1913-10-20)October 20, 1913
Brawley, Arkansas
Died:February 10, 1992(1992-02-10) (aged 78)
Paso Robles, California
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:25
Games started:24
Player stats at

Gentry played college football at the University of Southern California where he was also a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. At USC, he played on the 1931 and 1932 Rose Bowl championship teams.[4] He was a decorated soldier, rising to the rank of Capitan,[5] and serving as an intelligence officer in World War II. He later was a state and national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[6][7] Gentry's post-football career was in the law and he was city attorney of Pasadena, California for sixteen years. He was also a published writer and poet.[8]


  1. Byron Gentry at Find a Grave
  2. Maxymuk, John (2005-03-29). Uniform Numbers of the NFL: All-Time Rosters, Facts and Figures. McFarland. ISBN 9781476603988.
  3. "Byron Gentry: Career Stats at". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  4. Shmelter, Richard J. (2014-04-23). The USC Trojans Football Encyclopedia. McFarland. ISBN 9781476615110.
  5. Congress, United States (1962-01-01). Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  6. "Past State Commanders Department of California" (PDF). Veterans of Foreign Wars, DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  7. United States Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1993-01-01.
  8. Bottoms, Bill (1991-09-01). The VFW: an illustrated history of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Woodbine House. ISBN 9780933149342.

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