Byrd Man Will Fly High Again: Demetrius Byrd's Road to Recovery

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 07:  Demetrius Byrd #2 of the Louisiana State University Tigers gets the crowd pumped up during the AllState BCS National Championship against the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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With all due respect to hip hop artist Birdman. Former LSU standout wide receiver Demetrius Byrd is the true "Byrd Man" that deserves your attention. On July 22nd, 2010 I had an interview with Demetrius Byrd on my sports talk show on Mike'd Up on

I learned a lot from that interview and here's what you need to know. What you probably know about Byrd is his amazing catch in 2007 vs Auburn while playing for the LSU Tigers in which Byrd made a last second touchdown catch to capture the win for his team.

Here's what you might not have known. Byrd started his football career in Pop Warner as most kids do only played one year of high school football at Miami Central. More importantly Byrd began his collegiate career at Pearl River Community College in which he was a first team All-American and acknowledges that as one of his biggest accomplishments.

What you may have not known about "The Catch" vs Auburn is that Byrd was not even the go to guy going into the game, Byrd stepped up when called upon and delivered like great players do.

When I asked Byrd "when did it really hit him that he was playing big time football?" His immediate response was camp. He acknowledges that he made a mistake missing spring camp and come summer time he turned on the lights and began the show.

The show quickly took an unexpected turn as one week before the NFL draft Byrd was involved in an automobile accident that left him in a coma in the intensive care unit. When he awoke from his coma Byrd was notified from his mother that he had been drafted by the San Diego Chargers but later released and to this day thanks Chargers' GM AJ Smith for letting him live his dream.

Overcoming life's struggles from beginning his playing career at Junior College to being in a coma and not knowing that he had been drafted Byrd has a truly inspirational story. Byrd is still on track with recovery and although he can't run routes yet he's being contacted by teams.

Demetrius Byrd is a man on a mission to get back to the top battling through some of the biggest struggles in life and pretty soon, you'll be watching him on Sundays, leading an NFL team like the great player he is.

The "Byrd Man" will soon enough be flying high again. You can check out the interview with myself and Demetrius Byrd here  and the interview begins at the runtime of 33:50.