Feature | Dec 29 2018

Free Byrd: How marijuana helps to stop a former champ cutting off his feet

Chris Byrd was one of the slickest heavyweights of all time. Now he battles PTSD, prescription drug issues, and uses weed to reduce the pain in his feet
Chris Byrd
CHRIS BYRD GETS WATER FROM WIFE TRACY AFTER DEFEAT OF HOLYFIELD IN IBFHEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.  |  Action Images/Reuters/Tim Shaffer

CHRIS BYRD is hyped.

“I’m so hyped right now,” he says. “I’m so damn hyped.”

Each time he repeats this line, and he will do so a lot, it sounds peculiar coming from a guy like Byrd, someone who was never hyped during a 16-year professional career, not by himself, not by others; someone who, if anything, was probably the antithesis to hype: relatively small, a southpaw, a non-puncher, quiet, nice.