On Jan 8th 2012, I wrote a review on this blog of Dennis Byrd's inspirational book "Rise and Walk". This morning I was saddened to hear that Dennis was killed yesterday in a car accident in Oklahoma. He was only 50.
Per ESPN: "Byrd, who was driving a 2004 Hummer H2, was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Oklahoma Highway 88 that veered into his lane. The other car, a 2000 Ford Explorer, was driven by a 17-year-old Claremore youth.
The 17-year-old driver and a 12-year-old passenger in Byrd's car, both in critical condition, were transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa."
His courage and determination to fight back after his horrific on field collision in 1992 put him high on the list of Jets greats and he was admired well beyond football circles.
May he rest in peace and I hope the other two involved in the accident recover from their injuries.