Kevin Byard wears “Just a Fan” shirt in shot at Deion Sanders

Tennessee Titans

Last month, NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders revealed he had no idea who Titans safety Kevin Byard is. Byard has not forgotten.

Byard, who was a first-team All-Pro and tied for the league lead in interceptions last season, was miffed that Sanders didn’t mention him when naming the best safety in the NFL. Byard tweeted at Sanders that first-team All-Pro recognition should count for something, and Sanders replied by demonstrating that he thought Byard was just some random fan tweeting at him, and not an All-Pro safety.

“You continue to be a fan and I will continue being the man,” Sanders told Byard.

Yesterday, as the Titans unveiled their redesigned uniforms, they posted a video that showed the players reacting as they saw their new jerseys for the first time. One of the players featured in the video was Byard, who wore a shirt with “Just a Fan” printed on it.

Byard is clearly using Sanders’ slight as offseason motivation, aiming for another All-Pro selection in 2018. Perhaps by then Sanders will know who he is.

61 responses to “Kevin Byard wears “Just a Fan” shirt in shot at Deion Sanders

  1. Without a doubt, Dion will make this about himself. I’m sure he’s got something eleborate planned for training camp or the the first Titans regular season game to still come out looking good while offering some tepid apology along with some bro hugs.

  2. How serious is one to take another’s football opinion when he or she can’t differentiate an all pro from a casual fan.

    It’s not 1995 anymore Deion.

  3. Let me get this straight. A paid pro football analyst says that they don’t know who a starting All-pro player is? What good is the analyst if they don’t even know which players are playing well in the league they are paid to comment on?

  4. These guys have to find anything they can to feel that they are being slighted, in order to manufacture boogeymen and such. Just be happy you’re getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. Take the high road and be a role model to kids watching, instead of engaging in petty bickering.

  5. Deion… bruh…. You are NOT the man. 1996 was the last time you were respected as an athlete. Shut up and give this cat his props. If you can’t do that, then you are not good at your current “job” and you should probably quit.

  6. Most don’t know who he is because he plays on a low market team. Sadly, the Titans are quite irrelevant to league interest. They are in a division that, prior to 2017 – features all irrelevant and low tier teams.

    In fact, Mr. Byard’s stats are quite likely padded by playing the following QB’s 2x per season: Jacoby Brisset, Blake Bortles, Tom Savage/TJ Yates. Let’s contrast to, say one of the Cowboys safeties. They are not at the top of the league in stats, but had to play the following QB’s 2x per season: Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning.
    Pick another- say the Bears. That safety plays these QB’s 2x yr: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Case Keenum (now K. Cousins).

    My point is, while he may be talented, if half your season you play against bottom tier quarterbacks, your stats SHOULD be at a premium vs. those players in far more competitive divisions.

  7. Isn’t Deion supposed to know….stats? Just shows that egos and personalities get in the way of good reporting once again.

  8. True strength would not have gone and sought out an accolade from someone else. Weak, just like his play in the AFC Divisional game.

  9. I love it. There’s two types of ex players in the sports media. Guys who actually do their homework to learn about the sport they’re covering from a broad perspective because they take their new role as journalists seriously and those who get paid to give their opinion based on no information who only got the job because they were good when they played.

    Deion only knows about Deion and people who suck up to Deion.

  10. packers291 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:19 am
    Why does Deion make it about himself?

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    Have you ever known him to behave any differently, as player or other.

    His play wasn’t even based on good technique, it was ALL based on his speed. The second that vaporized he was NOTHING. He was finished in the NFL as a CB as soon as his prime ended.

  11. nhpats says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:42 am
    Let’s see. Deion is possibly the best cover DB to ever play the game. Who is Kevin Byard again?

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    Oh please!

    Reed, Ronnie Lott, and even Sean Taylor in his abbreviated careers were so much more complete players and better DBs, as Safeties.

    Darrell Green was a far more complete and better CB as was Charles Woodson.

    Let’s not get carried away.

  12. allsyntax says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:27 am
    Most don’t know who he is because he plays on a low market team. Sadly, the Titans are quite irrelevant to league interest. They are in a division that, prior to 2017 – features all irrelevant and low tier teams.

    My point is, while he may be talented, if half your season you play against bottom tier quarterbacks, your stats SHOULD be at a premium vs. those players in far more competitive divisions

    ———————————-

    then in turn….you’re saying JJ Watt is overrated

    i get it!

  13. When asked if he feared retaliation, Byard replied that Sanders hasn’t hit anyone hard in the last 40 years.

  14. packers291 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Why does Deion make it about himself?
    _________________________________________

    Because no matter what ‘it’ is at any given moment it is, always has been and always will be about Deion.

  15. Let’s see. Deion is possibly the best cover DB to ever play the game. Who is Kevin Byard again?
    ======

    Your Pats fan is showing.

    Football is actually played outside of your little village. Venture out once and awhile.

  16. It’s great if it gives this kid extra motivation- and good for him for putting the slight to good use. But someone really should tell not to worry too much since no one gives a darn what Sanders has to say anyway

  17. The Analytical Kid says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:55 am
    nhpats says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:42 am
    Let’s see. Deion is possibly the best cover DB to ever play the game. Who is Kevin Byard again?

    ————–

    Oh please!

    Reed, Ronnie Lott, and even Sean Taylor in his abbreviated careers were so much more complete players and better DBs, as Safeties.

    ====================

    Heck, you are right about Ronnie Lott, but you understate his accomplishments. Lott played CB for his first 4 seasons in the NFL, and was First Team All-Pro twice as a CB. He also made the Pro Bowl all 4 years he was a CB.

  18. The Tshirt is a shot at Deion?

    More like a gamma billboard!

    A better response on Twitter was: You mean you WUZ & I AM. All-Pro 2018 Right here & now! What football you analyzing bro?

  19. Hint at the guy saying “what good is an analyst who doesn’t know the players”

    He’s not an analyst. Some other people do the analysis, the homework, the leg work, feed it to him and he passes it off as if it’s his analysis of a game, situation, player, etc.

  20. Deion Sanders, the main reason I dropped the NFL channel. When they started having shows with a DJ I realized the NFL channel had lost sight of what they are supposed to be about.

  21. I actually like Deion as an analyst, but this is funny and would have been even better if he had worn it on a head bandanna.

  22. seanskol says:
    April 5, 2018 at 11:24 am
    These guys have to find anything they can to feel that they are being slighted, in order to manufacture boogeymen and such. Just be happy you’re getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. Take the high road and be a role model to kids watching, instead of engaging in petty bickering.
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    Relax, Francis.

    I’m not sure why you’re so offended by this. Byard approached this with a sense of humor – how is his response being a bad role model?

    And I’m sure he’s very happy getting millions of dollars to play football. So what? If you or I could do it, we would. But we can’t – so why be bitter and begrudge those who can? They get paid so much money because the NFL brings in so much money. It’s the way the world works.

  23. I find Deion to be a loudmouth and obnoxious and the sole reason I mute the sound or switch away from NFLN. I think he thinks we are impressed with his “style”. I am not.

  24. This is a non-story. The issue has already been cleared up in an interview with the NFL Network where Byard was told that Sanders was replying blindly to twitter replies he received and didn’t realize it was Byard. He does know who Byard is an respects his game.

  25. Mr. Sanders,
    Dave Brown sends his regards. Have you learned how to tackle yet?

  26. Anybody asking, “why does deion make it about himself?”, did you follow deion when he played? It’s always about deion? Hey when you are a fantastic player nicknamed “PrimeTime”, I guess it just comes with the territory though.

  27. Watch Troy Polamalu, for some inspiration, dawg!
    =====

    I enjoyed watching Polamalu.

    Especially when Greg Jennings was catching passed in front of him in SB XLV.

  28. Deion Sanders was closer to being relevant when he was known as Leon Sandcastle

  29. Kevin Byard is loving Deion for bringing all this attention his way. Deion’s just having fun. He used to bring super bowl rings to his teammates, now he’s just enjoying bringing the spotlight to this young kid. If you don’t live Deion Sanders, you don’t love NFL football. He’s way up there with Jim Brown and Walter Payton.

  30. Kevin Byard is loving Deion for bringing all this attention his way. Deion’s just having fun. He used to bring super bowl rings to his teammates, now he’s just enjoying bringing the spotlight to this young kid.
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    There does seem to be a certain amount of “all he does is catch touchdowns” feel to this.

    .. but Deion doesn’t strike me as the type that would have conspired to put the spotlight on Byard. I legitimately believe he didn’t know who he was at the time.

  31. Got to watch Deion with Bear Gryllis climbing rocks. A very different Deion Sanders – frightened, scared, praying for God’s strength to pull him through and most important – humble. Deion would do well to remember those moments when he sitting in the studio acting like King Tut. Humility.

  32. I’m sick of Deion Sanders. He rips guys all the time but we saw how he reacted when it was pointed out by someone that he never tackled anyone in his life.
    Sanders thinks he was greater than he was. But he’s far from the best CB I ever saw play.

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