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Titans Safety Kevin Byard Says Buying New House for His Mother Was 'Pipe Dream'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 28, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10:  Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans enters the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeats Kansas City 35-32.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans signed All-Pro safety Kevin Byard to a five-year, $70.5 million extension last July.

Byard used some of his salary to gift his mother a new home, which he described as "a pipe dream" when "you come from where I come from":

Kevin Byard @KB31_Era

When you come from where I come from, stuff like this is a pipe dream that only a few are able to accomplish. I hate that we couldn’t be there but I’m more happy that everything worked itself out. I love you mom and enjoy your new forever home! ❤️ https://t.co/ueFD1bs8XD

"His parents got divorced when he was 14, which led to a move from Philadelphia to Atlanta with his mother, three brothers and two sisters," ESPN's Turron Davenport wrote. "He and his older brother had to rush home from high school to help take care of their younger siblings while their mother was working two jobs to make ends meet."

Byard has also been generous in COVID-19 relief efforts:

Tennessee Titans @Titans

Breakfast on Byard! @KB31_Era sent Chick-fil-A to all the healthcare workers at @StThomas_Health West. 💙 #StayHomeStayStrong https://t.co/FvjkK1qQz2

NFL Auction @nflauction

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Byard played at Middle Tennessee State from 2012 to '15, recording 19 interceptions and 318 tackles for the Blue Raiders. The Titans selected him in the third round (No. 64 overall) of the 2016 NFL draft, and he led the league with eight picks in 2017.

Middle Tennessee FB @MT_FB

Top 25 Plays in the Coach Stock Era 2012: Kevin Byard turns on his playmaker mode and intercepts the pass and takes off 77-yards for the game-winning TD vs. Troy. Buy your season tickets to experience more Blue Raider moments! 🎟: https://t.co/7Wp8IHpzem #BlueRaiders | #MT https://t.co/eiSchIppPU

PFF @PFF

Highest graded safeties 2017-2019 1. Harrison Smith - 92.2 2. Anthony Harris - 92.1 3. Earl Thomas III - 91.1 4. Kevin Byard - 90.9 https://t.co/L6p5XmrrVw

Last season, Byard recorded nine passes defended, five interceptions and 320 tackles across 16 regular-season games before sixth-seeded Tennessee made a Cinderella postseason run that ended at the hands of the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.