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Titans DB beefs with Deion Sanders

Tennessee safety Kevin Byard was named an All-Pro at safety, alongside Vikings counterpart Harrison Smith. Yet Sanders, for whatever reasons, named Texans signee Tyrann Mathieu the best player at the position.


Kahron Spearman


Nobody loved the Houston Texans signing free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu on a one-year deal more than NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, who claimed that the 25-year-old oft-injured Mathieu was the best player at his position.

It was an opinion that Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard didn't fully appreciate. Why would he? He was named an All-Pro first team selection and led the NFL in interceptions.

He responded to Sanders in a tweet: "How do you make this statement and not include the two first team AP All Pro safeties (himself and Vikings safety Harrison Smith)??"

Sanders, not one to back down, of course, went into his insult bag and pulled out the wrong one.

You're looking at who writers tell u who's the best I know who players and former players feel is the best. I rest my case. You continue to be a fan and I will continue being the man.

Deion Sanders
NFL analyst, Hall of Fame cornerback

Byard would go on to inform Sanders - who evidently did not know who of the Pro Bowler - that he probably could have run down a list of safeties before Mathieu and that he was a current player.

Byard isn't a household name, but he's undoubtedly a player that Sanders - a Hall of Famer defensive back and supposed NFL analyst - should have been aware of as soon as the 24-year-old put on a Titans uniform. 

As CBS Sports writer Peter Blackburn wrote, Byard has been overlooked before. He wasn't even invited to the NFL Combine, after four notable years at Middle Tennessee State, where he's the all-time interception leader.

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