GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Jets will carry Dennis Byrd’s memory with them Monday night.
They will honor their late defensive lineman by wearing a “90” decal — Byrd’s old jersey number — on their helmets against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
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The organization posted a short video of a decal being placed on a helmet on Instagram with a caption that read: “No. 90 always in our hearts.”ColumnGlauber: Inspirational Dennis Byrd one of a kindStoryEx-Jet Dennis Byrd killed in car crash at 50
Byrd, an inspirational figure who regained the ability to walk after breaking his neck during a 1992 game, died on Sunday in a two-vehicle collision north of Claremore, Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
He was 50.
The Jets are still finalizing details, but the organization plans to honor Byrd during Sunday’s home game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.
Byrd suffered a paralyzing neck injury during the Jets-Chiefs game on Nov. 29, 1992, as he attempted to rush quarterback Dave Krieg and collided with teammate Scott Mersereau. But he vowed to walk again and, after several months of intensive physical therapy, he did just that.
In January 2011, former Jets coach Rex Ryan asked Byrd to speak to his players on the eve of their AFC divisional round game against their top-seeded rival, the New England Patriots.
The Jets won that playoff game, 28-21.