Deion Sanders, meet Kevin Byard

Getty Images

Plenty of former players of the game who become broadcasters of the game don’t know the current players of the game as well as they could or should. The latest example comes from former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, who now provides analysis for NFL Network.

The Hall of Fame defensive back recently made a comment that new Texans defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is “the best safety in the game.” That observation sparked a Twitter exchange between Sanders and, unbeknownst to him, a current player of the game.

It started when Titans safety Kevin Byard, a first-team Associated Press All-Pro safety who co-led the league in interceptions, asked this question in response to Sanders’ observation, via TheBigLead.com: “How do you make this statement and not include the two first team AP All Pro safeties?

“You’re looking at who writers tell [you] who’s the best I know who players and former players feel is the best,” Sanders said. “I rest my case. You continue to be a fan and I will continue being the man.”

That last sentence is priceless for its obliviousness. “You continue to be a fan and I will continue being the man.” Yes, Deion is the man (or as Tim McCarver would say a real man). Deion is the man who gets paid plenty of money by the NFL to talk about football and who doesn’t realize he’s talking to the player who not only was named one of the best safeties in football by the primary postseason football awards process but who, along with Lions cornerback Darius Slay, led football in the primary statistic of relevance to the position Deion played.

Byard also played in two playoff games, which should have made Deion even more likely to realize that Byard isn’t a fan.

Byard noticed the gaffe. “And if you didn’t know, I am a CURRENT player who watches a ton of film so trust me, I know who’s balling and who is not.”

That appears to be the last word. I don’t know for sure, because Deion long ago blocked the PFT Twitter account in retaliation for some other time when we had pointed out something dumb he had said or done.

22 responses to “Deion Sanders, meet Kevin Byard

  1. Hell, this guy probably made more tackles in one season than Sanders made in his entire career.

  2. This is such a great “you got exposed” story! Deion gets paid to do homework, be an analyst, and provide insight on players, game plans and general knowledge of the game. He clearly just shows up, thinking that’s enough. Would be fired from any other job for poor performance.

  3. I’m ok for burning Sanders for his foolish rants on Romo. But your comment that Byard
    “led football in the primary statistic of relevance to the position Deion played” attempts to falsely lead the reader into believing Byard was even equal to Sanders as a player. Again, roast Sanders for his stupidity, but the guy literally erased nearly half the field when he was on it. There aren’t many statistics that you could use to support it, but to those who watched – knew.

  4. This is yet another example of a guy so full of himself, relying on past glory and not doing his modern day due diligence in homework before he speaks…

    Never liked the man… admired his skill in covering opponents, but this man lacked the full package…couldn’t count on him to tackle anyone.

  5. Deion will certainly know who he is next season. The Titans are going in the right direction. Byard is part of our success. There is more growth coming! How can Deion not know he had 8 interceptions?

  6. It’s amazing that blowhards like Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin have broadcasting jobs…..and can somebody tell Irvin to STOP YELLING?!?

  7. When Deion was asked why he blocked PFT on Twitter his response was a familiar one:

    ‘I am the best there is, and that was a BUSINESS DECISION.’

  8. Byard got the ALL-Pro selection solely based on his INT count. It’s not indicative of his talent level. He is an average DB in the NFL, just had a few lucky bounces against the worst QBs in the league.

  9. I know Deion wasn’t noted for his hitting, but I’m really stumped to come up with any alternate explanation for the stupidity that drops out of his mouth other than the old ” One too many shots to the head…”.

  10. unbiasedminds says:

    March 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Byard got the ALL-Pro selection solely based on his INT count. It’s not indicative of his talent level. He is an average DB in the NFL, just had a few lucky bounces against the worst QBs in the league.

    ——————————————————————-

    Not sure on what you are basing this bizarre theory. The guy had 19 interceptions in college. But yeah, I guess all those were lucky bounces too. Byard is much better than agerage.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!