Nobody had a better day at Titans training camp than Kevin Byard.
After the team concluded its practice, the Titans’ captain was surprised by Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee along with the Blue Raiders’ head football coach Rick Stockstill.
With Byard standing alongside, McPhee announced that MTSU will retire Byard’s No. 20 he donned from 2012-15.
Byard will join former MTSU quarterback Teddy Morris as the only two football alumni to have their jersey number retired. The Mayor of Murfreesboro is the sixth athlete in the 111-year history of the school’s athletic department to receive this honor.
“I’m almost at a loss of words, but I just want to say thank you. I’m so grateful. I know my mother would be very proud of me in this moment right now,” said Byard.
Byard is the program’s all-time leader in interceptions (19) and interception return yards (377). After excelling in his time at MTSU, Byard was selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
MTSU will unveil Byard’s retired number at Floyd Stadium on Sept. 30 when the Blue Raiders take on UTSA.
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