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Jake Byrne
TE #81
Height:
6-4
Weight:
258
College:
Wisconsin
Hometown:
Rogers, Ark.
Experience:
2

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Jake Byrne may fill a roll as a tight end who’s primarily a blocker, but that’s where the similarities end between he and the league’s 100-or-so other tight ends. Byrne is a Type-1 Diabetic.

In between his sophomore and junior years at Rogers (Ark.) High School, Byrne lost about 30 pounds and was frequently having to use the bathroom. Doctors initially thought he had a bladder infection, but after ruling that out, they discovered that he in fact had diabetes and that his pancreas wasn’t producing enough insulin to control his blood sugar level. Despite the diagnosis, Byrne has continued his football career and plays with an insulin pump taped onto his back and covered by a protective padding. He also checks his blood sugar levels multiple times throughout the day and maintains a strict diet loaded with protein and complex carbohydrates.

Byrne speaks publicly about his daily bout with diabetes and he even has a twitter account (@sugarfreejb82) where he encourages fellow diabetes sufferers to solicit him for questions, support and advice.

Byrne is back for his second season with the Chargers in 2014. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with New Orleans in 2012, he spent time on practice squads with the Texans and Chargers before ultimately playing in eight games in 2013, seven for the Texans and one for the Bolts.

Byrne followed in his father Jeff’s footsteps in playing collegiately in the Badger State. Jeff grew up in Shullsburg, Wis., and played college football at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Growing up in Arkansas, Byrne spent a lot of time in the outdoors living so close to the Ozark Mountains and his hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf.

Jake Byrne may fill a roll as a tight end who’s primarily a blocker, but that’s where the similarities end between he and the league’s 100-or-so other tight ends. Byrne is a Type-1 Diabetic.

In between his sophomore and junior years at Rogers (Ark.) High School, Byrne lost about 30 pounds and was frequently having to use the bathroom. Doctors initially thought he had a bladder infection, but after ruling that out, they discovered that he in fact had diabetes and that his pancreas wasn’t producing enough insulin to control his blood sugar level. Despite the diagnosis, Byrne has continued his football career and plays with an insulin pump taped onto his back and covered by a protective padding. He also checks his blood sugar levels multiple times throughout the day and maintains a strict diet loaded with protein and complex carbohydrates.

Byrne speaks publicly about his daily bout with diabetes and he even has a twitter account (@sugarfreejb82) where he encourages fellow diabetes sufferers to solicit him for questions, support and advice.

Byrne is back for his second season with the Chargers in 2014. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with New Orleans in 2012, he spent time on practice squads with the Texans and Chargers before ultimately playing in eight games in 2013, seven for the Texans and one for the Bolts.

Byrne followed in his father Jeff’s footsteps in playing collegiately in the Badger State. Jeff grew up in Shullsburg, Wis., and played college football at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Growing up in Arkansas, Byrne spent a lot of time in the outdoors living so close to the Ozark Mountains and his hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf.

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