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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Dennis Byrd and the will to overcome


ESPN's "Sunday Conversation" is with former New York Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd, who delivered an emotional speech to his legacy mates the night before the Jets played the New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs.

Byrd recounted the crux of his message:
"A man has a body, a mind and a spirit. There are times in a man's life when his body will tell him it can't continue on. There are times in a man's life when his mind will tell him that the task set for him is too hard to accomplish. Those two don't matter. It's a man's will and his spirit, and in those moments and in those times that will tell him 'You can do it,' and it will make the mind and body follow along."

Byrd suffered a catastrophic injury on the field 18 years ago and was paralyzed when he arrived at the hospital. He walked out onto the Meadowlands turf 10 months later.