The untimely passing of inspirational former Jets defensive lineman Dennis Byrd last weekend hit the Green & White family and the NFL hard. The tributes poured in on ESPN during the Jets-Cardinals Monday night telecast and elsewhere and will continue at MetLife Stadium on Sunday as the team honors the memory of No. 90 before the Jets and the Baltimore Ravens kick off.
After the player introductions, a video tribute will be displayed on the stadium videoboards telling the story of Byrd's short four-year career and capturing his inspirational battle back from his paralyzing on-field injury in 1992. The video will be followed by a moment of silence prior to the National Anthem.
For the opening coin toss, members of Byrd's immediate family will serve as honorary captains and will walk with the Jets' gameday captains to the middle of the field.
Also joining the Byrd family for the coin toss and the Jets family for the game will be three of Byrd's closest teammates, Scott Mersereau, Paul Frase and Marvin Washington. And as they did for the game against the Cards, the Jets will wear a No. 90 decal on their helmets.