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Titans safety Byard's alma mater retiring his number

Titans safety Byard's alma mater retiring his number
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By The Associated Press
Aug. 04, 2022 | NASHVILLE
By The Associated Press Aug. 04, 2022 | 11:30 PM | NASHVILLE
Two-time All-Pro safety Kevin Byard notched the first interception off Ryan Tannehill in the Tennessee Titans’ training camp Thursday.

Byard joked he had to end the streak with everyone writing about the quarterback off to a turnover-free start.

Then Byard's alma mater gave him an even bigger reason to celebrate. Middle Tennessee announced Byard’s No. 20 will become only the second number retired Sept. 30 during a game against UTSA.

Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee, athletic director Chris Massaro and Byard’s coach Rick Stockstill surprised Byard with the news after the safety talked with reporters following practice.

Byard says he knows his late mother would be very proud of him.

(Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) runs through drills during NFL football training camp at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP))
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