Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard awarded key to the city of Murfreesboro

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

MURFREESBORO - Kevin Byard has long been known as the "Mayor of Murfreesboro," a nod to his playing days at Middle Tennessee State University. 

It's only right that he now has a key. 

The Tennessee Titans star safety was surprised with the key to the city of Murfreesboro at his annual Kevin Byard Family Legacy youth football camp on Saturday, held at Middle Tennessee Christian School. Doing the honors was Shane McFarland, the mayor of Murfreesboro.

Mayor of Murfreesboro Shane McFarland presents a key to the city to Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans before Byard’s football camp for kids at Middle Tennesse Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Saturday, July 24, 2021.

"They say he's the mayor of Murfreesboro, which he's way more famous than I am," McFarland said at the camp. "All these years (Titans broadcaster) Mike Keith has called you that, we thought it'd be really fitting that you get the key to the city."

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Byard, 27, starred for the Blue Raiders before being drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro safety has long been known for his work in the community. In 2019, he started the Byard Family Legacy Fund with his wife, Clarke, which holds annual Thanksgiving, Christmas and back-to-school events, on top of the football camp.

Byard led the Titans with 111 tackles in 2020.

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.