Byron Pringle was born November 17, 1993, in Tampa, Florida.
He played high school at Robinson High School in Tampa where he played basketball and football. He was arrested in 2010 on multiple felony charges – grand theft, burglary and battery. He was part of a group that engaged in a spree of car robberies. He agreed to four years of probation and 100 hours of community service. This cost him a couple of years of high school athletics. His senior year, high school coach Mike DePue went to bat for him and helped get him back on the football team.
Pringle later said of the situation: “They saw potential in me. They knew I wasn’t a bad kid. It’s a blessing that you have good guys to help change a kid’s life, his family’s life, his kid’s life. My son motivates me”. The academic and off-field issues kept him from a scholarship with Youngstown State, so he took the long road, spending two years of junior college at Butler Community College and finishing his college career at Kansas State. He majored in sociology/criminology.
He went undrafted in the 2018 draft and signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He was injured in the final preseason game of his rookie year and placed on the injured reserve. The next year he made the initial 53 man roster, spent a few days on the practice squad, and has been a steady presence on the Chiefs roster since.