Retire Dennis Byrd's Jersey sign now

We have honored those who have achieved greatness, but what about those who inspire it? Dennis Byrd has not only inspired the New York Jets but he gave everything for them. This is why I am asking owner of the New York Jets Mr. Woody Johnson to retire Dennis Byrd's jersey sometime next year. No Jet has worn #90 since Byrd; although it has not been formally retired, it is the time to retire it.

For those of you who don't know Dennis Byrd is a former defensive end and defensive tackle for the New York Jet. He suffered a neck injury during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 29, 1992. During the play, he rushed in an attempt to sack Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg, but Krieg stepped up to avoid the tackle, and Byrd collided with Jets teammate Scott Mersereau. Byrd ducked his head at the last moment before he collided with Mersereau's chest. The head-first collision resulted in a broken C-5 vertebra that left Byrd unable to walk for the time being. ventually, after extensive physical therapy, Byrd would walk again but he couldn't go back to playing football.

Byrd returned to the Meadowlands for the Jets' home opener on September 5, 1993, walking to midfield as an honorary captain for the coin toss. During a halftime ceremony, Jets president Steve Gutman presented him with a trophy for the Most Inspirational Player Award, which would thereafter be called the Dennis Byrd Award.

As Jets fans it is time that we did the right thing and retire Dennis Byrd's Jersey.

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