Debby Wong / US PRESSWIRE
The New York Jets will honor former defensive end Dennis Byrd during Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals by wearing a No. 90 decal on their helmets.
Byrd tragically died in a car accident Saturday at the age of 50.
A second-round pick in 1989, Byrd tallied 27 sacks over his first three seasons before being paralyzed during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992. Byrd eventually regained the ability to walk and had his No. 90 retired by the Jets in 2012 in celebration of his inspirational story.
“We are all devastated by the untimely loss of Dennis Byrd,” Jets’ owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “Soft-spoken and strong-willed, the inspiration he provided to all not only by his play on the field but from the way he overcame life’s obstacles was remarkable by any measure.”