Video Interview: Kevin Byard sets sights on a Titans Super Bowl in 2021

The Tennessee Titans are looking forward to starting fresh on the defensive side of the ball this season. It all starts on Sunday when they take on Kliff Kingsbury and his Arizona Cardinals in what’s sure to be an entertaining Week 1 contest.

The Titans defense has gone through a lot of personnel changes over the past few months. The new-look unit will get a stiff test right out of the gate when the likes of Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins travel to Nissan Stadium for the first official game of the 2021 campaign on Sunday, September 12th.

The majority of the defensive overturn occured on the backend of the defense with the subtractions of Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler and Kenny Vaccaro. Replacing them are the likes of Jackrabbit Jenkins, Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden. But the Titans aren’t just counting on new faces to improve the secondary. Make no mistake, Kevin Byard is still the leader of the defense.

Byard, who’s been busy promoting his new partnership with Pepsi and their “Made for Football Watching” campaign recently joined Broadway Sports’ Justin Melo for an exclusive video interview. Byard and Melo discussed his usage in 2020, his chemistry with Amani Hooker in the secondary, what goes into creating turnovers, why the defense will take a big step forward this season, and so much more. Enjoy.

Byard took time out of his busy schedule to speak with Broadway Sports while promoting his new partnership with Pepsi.

Pepsi knows that for football’s most loyal fans, game day is more than just tuning in at kickoff: it’s the weeklong preparation, from the lucky jersey to the perfect dish to keep you and your team fueled. This fall, Pepsi is celebrating fans’ unapologetic love of football watching with exclusive content from their favorite players and celebrity superfans showing off their go-to game day eats plus a chance to win plenty of prizes, from new gear and a year of free Pepsi to the ultimate “homegate” kit. 

To get fans ready for football’s highly anticipated return, Pepsi is teaming up with NFL players to share their favorite recipes so fans can recreate the dishes at home in time for the game. Fans can visit for exclusive game day recipes from their favorite NFL stars including:  

  • Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley’s Game Day Nachos  
  • Miami Dolphins Defensive End Christian Wilkins’ Fried Chicken & BBQ Sauce  
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Devin White’s Lemon Pepper Wings 
  • Tennessee Titans Safety Kevin Byard’s Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich 
  • Washington Football Team Wide Receiver Terry McLaurin’s Hawaiian Sliders 

Pepsi is even bringing some of football’s most famous superfans into the fold to share their favorite game day eats including artists Flo Rida, Waka Flocka Flame and Blanco Brown, chef Duff Goldman, and wrestler Mojo Muhtadi.  

“Pepsi has a rich history with the game of football, and, like any true fan, we take game day seriously. We’re excited to give fans across the South even more reasons to get amped up this season and enjoy the day unapologetically watching every play no matter where they are or who they are with,” said Jenny Figueroa, Senior Director of Marketing, South Division, PepsiCo Beverages North America (South Division).  

In addition to the recipes, fans can check out unique AR filters to showcase their diehard fandom and enter for a chance to win one-of-a-kind football gear, and of course, a year’s supply of Pepsi. The grand prize winner will get an ultimate “homegate” kit to enjoy the tailgate experience from the comfort of their own home to further encourage their unapologetic watching.  

This is part of Pepsi’s larger “Made for Football Watching” campaign celebrating loyal football watchers and their personal game day rituals. To join the fun and for official sweepstakes rules, fans can check out  

Prior to the highly anticipated NFL kick-off in Tampa Bay, Pepsi Stronger Together, PepsiCo’s series of grassroots initiatives bringing tailored programming and support to communities across the country, will be giving the city’s healthcare heroes their own game day meals. On September 9th, Pepsi Stronger Together will be donating 2,000 meals from local restaurants Bubbaque BBQ, Harpoon Harry’s, Datz, and 7th + Grove to thank workers at HCA Brandon Regional, Advent Wesley Chapel, and Baycare St. Joseph Main Hospitals in the Tampa Bay area. 

Author: Justin MeloSenior Writer, Interviewer and Podcaster for Broadway Sports covering the Tennessee Titans and NFL draft. For more than five years, Justin Melo has professionally covered all things NFL draft and Titans for The Draft Network, SB Nation and USA Today. Best known for his Interview Series with NFL draft prospects, Justin has interviewed more than 500 NFL players. Co-host of the Music City Audible podcast alongside Justin Graver (@titansfilmroom).

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