Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard was one of two safeties (along with Minnesota's Harrison Smith) named to the NFL's first-team All-Pro roster this past season. The 24-year-old Byard had eight interceptions in a career season with the Titans.
That does not, however, mean he's already a household name, as Hall of Fame corner Deion Sanders illustrated on Tuesday night. It started with a quote from Sanders about Tyrann Mathieu, who recently signed with the Texans, being the best safety in the NFL.
Byard took offense to it and called Sanders out.
Sanders' response was...cringeworthy. Clearly unaware of Byard's identity, Sanders called him a "fan."
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. #Truth https://t.co/gnpwJHjxEK— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) March 20, 2018
Byard clapped back with a reasonable response.
But the numbers nor film add up. How do you overlook guys like Harrison Smith, Earl Thomas, and Eric Berry as not being the best in the game? I never said I was the best but I’m on my way. You continue to be a fan and I will continue going to the pro bowl and being great #Truth https://t.co/s099lNjiq2— Kevin Byard (@KB31_Era) March 20, 2018
It appears he's using the awkward exchange as motivation.
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. Talking about be a fan 😂 https://t.co/s099lNjiq2— Kevin Byard (@KB31_Era) March 20, 2018
The Jags' Jalen Ramsey, one of the NFL's other great young defensive backs, had Byard's back.
Man bump that! Talk that talk KB! You know you a beast, a whole lot of others know it too Trust me! You supposed to believe you the best! & You got the film to back it up! Everybody got opinions but just keep giving facts bro! https://t.co/dIegdgAnWi— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) March 20, 2018
Come on, Prime Time.