After an emotional speech that had the New York Jets more than ready to take on the New England Patriots, Dennis Byrd will be back this back for the teams matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers for a chance to get to the Super Bowl.
Only this time, Byrd will be on the field.
Byrd will walk with the players as their honorary captain for the coin toss.
“It’s just fitting for him to be our captain,” Mark Sanchez said.
LaDainian Tomlinson and James Ihedigbo carried out a green and white No. 90 jersey to midfield for the coin toss against the New England Patriots. This time, Byrd will be there in person.
The former Jets defensive end’s career ended in 1992, when he collided with teammate Scott Mersereau in a game against Kansas City, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. 3 months after breaking the critical C5 vertebra in his neck, he walked on crutches to a news conference at his hospital in Manhattan.