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Dennis Byrd gives motivational speech

Updated: January 16, 2011, 5:28 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- On the eve of their biggest game since Super Bowl III -- or so head coach Rex Ryan called it -- the New York Jets received a motivational speech from one of the most beloved and tragic figures in franchise history.

Former defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, whose promising career came to a nightmarish end in 1992 when he suffered a broken neck in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, delivered a moving address to the Jets Saturday night at their team hotel.

"I ...

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