Today our thoughts and prayers are with former LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd who, according to USA TODAY, is in intensive care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after an auto accident on Sunday. Byrd was expected to be a mid-to-late round pick in this weekend’s NFL Draft, but all of that takes a back seat to the young man’s health. Byrd, who caught 37 passes for 513 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2008 for the Tigers, was traveling to church of all places yesterday when the accident occurred.
Thankfully, PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM is reporting that Byrd’s condition has stabilized and he is expected to make a full recovery. The NFL could use a player like Byrd, who is known as something of a free spirit and fun-loving personality, as seen after the jump.Here’s Byrd and college teammate Charles Scott with a stirring rendition of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”. You can’t help but smile:
Regardless of where your team loyalties lie, you can’t help pull for a guy like that. Here’s hoping he can still find his way onto an NFL roster this coming season.