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Jairus Byrd does his “Uncle Aeneas” proud

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd returns an interception against the Arizona Cardinals that would set up the game winning field goal during overtime of their NFL football game in Phoenix. Reuters

The hero of Buffalo’s overtime win over the Cardinals was safety Jairus Byrd.  And Byrd learned a thing or two about NFL football from one of the Cardinals’ all-time greats.

The son of former NFL defensive back Gill Byrd, Jairus Byrd learned plenty from former Cardinals and Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams, whom Jairus calls “Uncle Aeneas.”  Byrd’s big play came in the stadium where Uncle Aeneas appears in the Ring of Honor.

It certainly put a smile on my face,” Williams told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.  “I wanted him to do extremely well, but he didn’t have to do it against my old team like that, especially not with my name up in the stadium.”

Byrd intercepted Arizona quarterback John Skelton after the Bills eschewed (I have to use that word at least once per week . . . because I really am as cool as the other side of the pillow) a 53-yard field goal attempt that, if successful, would have given Arizona a chance to match or beat the score.  By forcing a turnover, Buffalo could then win it with a field goal.

And the Bills did.

“It put a lot of pressure on us, but we were ready for it,” Byrd said.  “We already had it in our minds that it was going to come down to us to win the game.”

And so, even though the Bills have been outscored by 86 points in their three losses and the Patriots have been outscored by only four in their three losses, they are tied for first (and second . . . and third . . . and fourth) place in the AFC East with 10 games to go.

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9 Responses to “Jairus Byrd does his “Uncle Aeneas” proud”
  1. billsfaninmiami says: Oct 15, 2012 11:31 PM

    All I want for Christmas is to be sitting in the stadium here in Miami, in my Bills gear, for the game on 12/23, with the Bills in contention for a Playoff spot!

  2. billsfaninmiami says: Oct 15, 2012 11:32 PM

    That would make Uncle Aeneas proud…

  3. tombstone7 says: Oct 16, 2012 2:57 AM

    Jarius Byrd was one of the “D-Boyz” of the Oregon Ducks.

    *Patrick Chung–NE Patriots

    *Walter Thurmond III– Seattle Seahawks

    *T.J. Ward–Cleveland Browns

    GO DUCKS!!!!!

  4. keepyerstickontheice says: Oct 16, 2012 6:41 AM

    You could make the argument that Alex Carrington was the hero of the game by getting a hand on that 38-yard field goal attempt to get to overtime in the first place…

  5. majbobby says: Oct 16, 2012 7:40 AM

    Byrd is by far one of the top 3 Safeties in this league.

  6. sjoyner59 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:40 AM

    Aeneas Williams was a great player….remember him well…

  7. Kreedos says: Oct 16, 2012 8:58 AM

    I was at that game. A scrappy bunch those Buffallo Bills …Way to take advantage of the Cards ineptitude.

    #BirdGang

  8. EJ says: Oct 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    Buddy Nix needs to get on the ball and get Byrd re-signed soon, very soon. I don’t want Byrd to end up with another team like Nate “The Great” Clements, Antoine Winfield or Bruce Smith (who still had a lot left). Buffalo has learned the way to coax big name Free Agents, now they need to learn to figure a way to keep their own greats locked up.

  9. billsboy88 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:43 PM

    Yes, lock up Byrd. He was drafted by the Bills and has become a very solid safety. His ball hawking skills have been valuable in many games since being drafted.

    Like EJ said, let’s not let another solid defensive player walk away cuz the Bills won’t pay up.

    Clements, Winfield, Pat Williams, London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes, Jim Leonard, etc…

    What I would do to get Fletcher back especially…the D has never been the same since we let him walk and he’s still a stud LB. We let him and Spikes walk in the same year and we’ve never been able to replace them.

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