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Earnest Alexander Byner is a former American football running back.

Earnest Alexander Byner is a former American football running back. He is the current Running Backs Coach for the Washington Redskins under Head Coach Joe Gibbs.

Fondly known as "EB" by his peers, Byner played for the Browns, Washington Redskins and the Baltimore RavensĀ  in the NFL. He finished his 14-year NFL career ranked 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 8,261 yards on 2,095 carries, with 56 touchdowns. He also caught 512 passes for 4,605 yards and 15 touchdowns, returned 33 kickoffs for 576 yards, and scored a touchdown on a recovered fumble, totaling 13,442 all-purpose yards and 72 career scores. In addition to his #16 rushing yards ranking at the time of his retirement Byner finished his career within the NFL's top 50 all time leaders in rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns, and total yards.

Although a productive and popular player with the Browns, he is probably best remembered for one play, "The Fumble", in which he lost the ball on the 3 yard line while attempting to score on the Denver Broncos during the 1987 AFC Championship game.

Byner was traded to the Washington Redskins before the start of the 1989 season for running back Mike Oliphant. In Super Bowl XXVI, in 1992, he caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter, and the Redskins won, giving him the World Championship he could not win with the Browns. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1990 and 1991 with the Redskins.

He worked in the Ravens front office as the Director of Player Development after retiring as a player.


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