Two-time all-state and all-conference linebacker at Malvern (Ark.) H.S … Also a standout on the basketball court and the baseball diamond, earning all-state and all-conference honors in both sports … Rated among the 10 best prospects in the state of Arkansas … Full name is Byron Keith Traylor … He and wife Krista have one son, Brandon.
Keith Traylor was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 31, 2004 … Originally selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round (61st overall) of the 1991 NFL draft … Signed by the Los Angeles Raiders (07/19/93) … Waived by the Raiders (08/20/93) … Signed by the Green Bay Packers (09/14/93) … Waived by the Packers (11/09/93) … Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs (01/05/94) … Waived by the Chiefs (01/10/94) … Re-signed by the Chiefs (02/09/94) … Released by the Chiefs (08/28/94) … Re-signed by the Chiefs (01/23/95) … Allocated to the World League (now NFL Europe) for its 1995 season … Signed by the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 1997 season … Signed with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent (03/23/01).
- Career GP/GS: 171/107 (12/9)
- Traylor has made 426 tackles (293 solo), including 13 sacks, in addition t- 11 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 26 pass defenses over his 12-year career.
- Traylor has intercepted tw- passes in his career and returned them a total of 129 yards, good for an average of 64.5 yards per return. He returned his first career pick 62 yards for a touchdown in 1997, then brought back a 67-yard return in 2001.
- Traylor played for the Chicag- Bears from 2001-03, and started in 40 of 41 games played and recorded 104 tackles (54 solo), including three sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
- Traylor enjoyed a prosperous stretch in his career as a member of the Denver Broncos from 1997-2000. Over that span, he started in 61 of 62 games, averaged nearly 50 tackles per season, and won tw- Super Bowl rings.
- Traylor has started in nine of 12 career playoff games and has recorded 24 tackles (15 solo), four pass defenses and a sack.
- Traylor has recorded a career-high 53 tackles (44 solo) in 2000, while a member of the Denver Broncos.
- Traylor tied his career high in 2001 with tw- sacks in his first season as a member of the Chicag- Bears (als- 1997 and 1998 with Denver).
Transferred career-opening success as a linebacker at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College to a solid final two years at Central State (Okla.) … Posted 146 tackles, including five sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries at Central State … Recorded 67 tackles and three forced fumbles as a senior … First-team all-Lone Star Conference pick as a junior amassing 79 tackles, including five sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions … Two-year starter at Coffeyville, including MVP performance in 1988 JUCO Championship Game, totaling 229 tackles, 14 sacks and nine interceptions.
Indianapolis (9/9): Played in a reserve role on the defensive front and collected five solo tackles in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts. at Arizona (9/19): Recorded one tackle in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals. at Buffalo (10/3): Played in a reserve role on the defensive front and tallied three tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 31-17 victory over the Bills. Miami (10/10): Registered four tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Dolphins ... Stuffed Brock Forsey for a 5-yard loss on a rush in the fourth quarter. Seattle (10/17): Played in a reserve role at nose tackle in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Notched a tackle as a reserve in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets. at Pittsburgh (10/31): Collected three solo tackles against the Steelers. at St. Louis (11/7): Started at nose tackle and notched three tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 40-22 road win against the Rams ... Stonewalled Stephen Jackson for a 1-yard loss on a rush in the third quarter. Buffalo (11/14): Started at nose tackle and registered two tackles in the Patriots' commanding 29-6 victory over the Bills. at Kansas City (11/22): Recorded three tackles (1 solo) in the Patriots' 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs ... Teamed with Willie McGinest to stop Derrick Blaylock for no gain on a rush in the first quarter ... Stonewalled Blaylock for a 1-yard loss on a screen pass in the second quarter. Baltimore (11/28): Started at nose tackle and registered a tackle in the Patriots' 24-3 victory over the Ravens. at Cleveland (12/5): Started at nose tackle and collected a solo tackle in the Patriots' 42-15 victory over the Browns. Cincinnati (12/12): Collected two solo tackles in the Patriots' AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals ... Stuffed Rudi Johnson for a 2-yard loss on a rush off left tackle in the second quarter ... Deflected a Kyle Larson punt that went just 25 yards in the fourth quarter. at Miami (12/20): Started at nose tackle. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Collected three tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets. San Francisco (1/2): Registered a tackle in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers ... Teamed with Jarvis Green to stop Kevan Barlow for no gain on a rush in the first quarter.
2004 Postseason (2/2/0/0): Indianapolis (1/16): Started at nose tackle in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Started at nose tackle and registered one tackle in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers ... Teamed with Jarvis Green to stuff Duce Staley for no gain on a rush off left guard in the second quarter.
2003 (10/10 – Chicago): Started all 10 games in which he played at defensive tackle … Recorded 18 tackles (13 solo), including four tackles for losses … Batted down three passes and forced a fumble … Inactive in games 4-8 and in game 15. San Francisco (9/7): Started his seventh consecutive season-opener at left defensive tackle and assisted on a tackle … Added a pass breakup. Minnesota (9/14): Recorded two tackles, including a tackle for loss. Green Bay (9/29): Recorded two tackles, including a tackle for loss. Detroit (11/9): Returned to the starting lineup at defensive tackle after a five-week absence. St. Louis (11/16): Forced a fumble to go with three tackles as the Bears’ starting left defensive tackle. Denver (11/23): Posted a tackle and a pass defense as Chicago’s starting left defensive tackle. Arizona (11/30): Recorded four tackles (3 solos), including a tackle for loss and a pass defense as the team’s starting left defensive tackle. Green Bay (12/7): Posted three tackles as starting left defensive tackle. Minnesota (12/14): Registered two tackles in his sixth consecutive start at left defensive tackle.
2002 (15/15 – Chicago): Started the first 15 games of the season at right defensive tackle … Recorded 41 tackles and led the defensive line with six tackles for loss. Minnesota (9/8): Started his sixth consecutive season-opener at right defensive tackle. New Orleans (9/23): Recorded five tackles, including two tackles for loss. Buffalo (9/29): Recorded two tackles and a pass breakup. St. Louis (11/18): Recorded five tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss on Monday Night Football … Added a pass defense. Green Bay (12/1): Recorded three tackles, with a tackle for loss. Miami (12/9): Recorded two tackles, with a tackle for loss on Monday Night Football. N.Y. Jets (12/15): Recorded three tackles, with a tackle for loss. Tampa Bay (12/29): Inactive in season-finale, ending a 25-game starting streak.
2001 (16/15 – Chicago): Joined the Bears as a free agent and switched to right defensive tackle to help form an experienced defensive line that allowed opponents an average of only 82.1 rushing yards per game, the second lowest total in the NFL … Started at right defensive tackle in 15 of 16 games played, approaching his average of 47 tackles a year from his previous five seasons with 45 for Chicago … Tied for team lead with eight tackles for loss while his 67-yard interception return was one of the top highlights of the season. Baltimore (9/9): Posted three tackles, including two tackles for loss, in Bears debut. San Francisco (10/28): Registered a season-high seven tackles, including first sack as a Bear. Tampa Bay (11/18): Forced a fumble and had two tackles. Tampa Bay (12/16): Led the Bears defensive line with six tackles, with two tackles for loss. Washington (12/23): Tallied three tackles, including his second sack of the season. Jacksonville (1/6): Set up a Bears touchdown with a 67-yard return of his second career interception … Added two tackles, with a tackle for loss. Philadelphia (1/19): Recorded four tackles and a pass breakup in a divisional playoff game.
2000 (16/16 – Denver): Started all 16 games at left defensive tackle and led the Broncos defensive line with 53 tackles while adding a sack, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Posted 23 tackles in a five-game period from games six to nine, including six stops vs. New England (10/1), one of which was a sack of Drew Bledsoe … Forced a fumble and recovered another vs. San Diego (11/19) … Set a season-high with seven tackles at Seattle (11/26) … Forced a fumble at Kansas City (12/17) … Started Denver’s wild card game at Baltimore (12/31) and posted a tackle.
1999 (15/15 – Denver): Started 15 games at left defensive tackle for Denver recording 42 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, while setting a career-high with six pass breakups …… Also forced two fumbles … Recorded a shared sack at Oakland (10/10) … Forced a fumble at Jacksonville (12/13), stripping the ball from James Stewart … Recorded a sack at Detroit (12/25) … Closed the season with a forced fumble vs. San Diego (01/02/00).
1998 (15/14 – Denver): Played in 15 of Denver’s 16 regular season games, starting 14 at left defensive tackle while posting 49 tackles, including two sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery … Started at left defensive tackle in all three postseason games and posted six tackles and a pass defense … Suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter vs. Dallas (9/13) … Returned to the starting lineup at Washington (9/27) and recorded five tackles … Played but did not start at Seattle (10/11) … His first sack came vs. Philadelphia (10/4) and his second came at Kansas City (11/16) on MNF … Recovered a fumble vs. Jacksonville (10/25) … Posted a season-high six tackles vs. San Diego (11/8) … Posted two tackles in the Broncos’ divisional playoff win over Miami (01/09/99) and added a tackle in the AFC Championship Game vs. N.Y. Jets (01/17/99) … Had a pass breakup and three tackles in Denver’s Super Bowl XXXIII victory vs. Atlanta (01/31/99).
1997 (16/16 – Denver): Made an immediate impact in his return to Denver, starting all 20 games of the regular season and postseason at left defensive tackle … Led the Bronco defensive line during the regular season with 51 tackles, including two sacks, two passes defensed and an interception … Added 11 tackles, with a sack and two passes defensed in the postseason … Registered three tackles in the season opener vs. Kansas City (8/31) … Collected six tackles at Seattle (9/7) with a sack … Tied his season-high with six tackles at Atlanta (9/28) … Returned his first career interception for a 62-yard touchdown at Buffalo (10/26) … Posted four tackles with a pass breakup in Denver’s wild card playoff win vs. Jacksonville (12/27) … Awarded the game ball in the Broncos’ divisional playoff victory at Kansas City (01/04/98) for recording three tackles, including two tackles for loss, just two days after his mother passed away … Recorded two tackles, including a sack, and a pass breakup in the AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh (1/11/98) … Posted two tackles vs. Green Bay (01/25/98) in Denver’s win in Super Bowl XXXII.
1996 (15/1 – Kansas City): Participated as a reserve defensive lineman in his final year with Kansas City, posting 42 tackles with a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in 15 games, including a start … Blocked a field goal vs. Oakland (9/8) … Had season-high six tackles vs. Pittsburgh (10/7) on MNF … Notched a sack vs. Detroit (11/28) … Earned start vs. Indianapolis (12/15) with four tackles.
1995 (16/0 – Kansas City): Was a reserve defensive tackle for Kansas City, returning after a one-year hiatus from the NFL and playing in all 16 games … Contributed 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Recorded three tackles with a sack vs. San Diego (10/9) … Had two tackles in playoff loss to Indianapolis (01/07/96) … Prepared for season by playing for the Barcelona Dragons during the 1995 NFL Europe season starting three of eight games played and posting 16 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
1994 (0/0 – Kansas City): Sat out the entire season as a free agent after being waived by Kansas City in the final training camp cutdown (8/28) … Spent camp and the previous offseason transitioning from linebacker to defensive tackle.
1993 (5/0 – Green Bay; 1/0 – Kansas City): Tumultuous season saw him split time between the rosters of three teams, playing for two, before being released again two days after his last game of the season … Signed by the L.A. Raiders on July 19 but waived at the end of training camp (8/20) … Signed with Green Bay on Sept. 14 and played in five games, making a tackle, before being released on Nov. 9 … Signed with Kansas City on Jan. 5, 1994 and played in wild card game vs. Pittsburgh (01/08/94), but waived on Jan. 10.
1992 (16/3 – Denver): Saw action in all 16 games for Denver at linebacker, making three starts at inside linebacker, and posted 39 tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack … Started vs. Kansas City (10/4), at San Diego (10/25) and at Kansas City (12/27) … Notched first NFL sack vs. Seattle (12/20).