PHOENIX — In what is sure to be an emotional night for the organization, the Jets will be honoring former defensive lineman Dennis Byrd by wearing No. 90 decals on their helmets Monday during their game against the Cardinals. The team announced the plan in an Instagram video posted Monday afternoon.
Byrd died Saturday evening in a car accident in Oklahoma. He was 50 years old.
“No. 90 always in our hearts,” the Jets wrote in a caption with the video.
Byrd played just four seasons for the Jets after his career was cut short by a severe neck injury he suffered while playing against the Chiefs in November of 1992. He was paralyzed briefly, but became an inspiration to people everywhere when he walked again after substantial physical therapy.
“We are all devastated by the untimely loss of Dennis Byrd,” owner Woody Johnson said in a statement Saturday. “Soft-spoken and strong-willed, the inspiration he provided to all not only by his play on the field but from the way he overcame life’s obstacles was remarkable by any measure. His impact on the New York Jets and the many lives he touched will never be forgotten.”
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