MTSU football is retiring Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard’s number


Of the factors that lined up to send Kevin Byard to Middle Tennessee State’s football team, most were out of his control.

For one, MTSU’s coaching staff had the foresight to offer him a scholarship. Most other Division I programs – including the Power Fives – didn’t raise a finger. The closest Byard got to the SEC was Kentucky, which invited him for a visit because it was interested in him as a wide receiver, and then opted not to offer a scholarship anyway.

Whoops, uh, UK?

Couldn’t have turned out much better for the Blue Raiders, though. Duck for Byard, too.

As Byard has become an All-Pro defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, he has also continued to represent the university where he starred for four seasons, ending in 2015, and continued to give back to the Nashville area in which he has thrived.

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