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Albany QB Emanuel Byrd and the Indians (1-4 overall, 0-2 in Region 1-AAAA) are having a down year but Byrd — ever the optimist — refuses to hang his head. After all, he’s had a life tougher than most — his mother died when he was six, for starters — but he continues to plug along and excel in the classroom and on the football field. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

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HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE NO. 5: Emanuel Byrd, Albany High

There’s a fire and spirit burning in Albany High quarterback Emanuel Byrd that pushes him and drives him toward excellence in and out of the classroom, and it comes from his heart — a heart that beats for his aunt Claudia, the woman who has undoubtedly made Byrd Albany High’s driving force.

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