Kevin Byard returns to Philly, joins his hometown Eagles: Fun facts about the new guy

  • You know Kevin Byard is one of the NFL's best safeties.
  • You know he's now a member of the Eagles roster.
  • Here are a few things that you may not know or may have forgotten,
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2. It's hard to believe that anyone as talented as Byard would be redshirted, but he was.

It may not seem like someone as talented would be a third-round selection or find himself in a position where he'd be a part of an NCAA program that gave him a redshirt, but that's exactly what happened.

Byard would go on to become a First-team All-Conference USA in 2014, and 2015. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders also retired his Number 20 jersey. If you're in one of those modes where you're looking for some motivation, this should do the trick.

Let's make long stories short. It isn't how you start. It's how you finish.

3. Byard holds the NFL record for the longest TD pass by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era.

If Michael Clay needs a trick play on special teams, this may be the guy to get it done. In 2018, Byard was part of a trick play on a fake punt.

The Titans converted a 4th and seven attempt thanks to a pass from Kevin's arm that went to Dane Cruikshank for 66 yards. That's the longest by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era.