Good coaches teach you how to play football, great coaches teach you how to play football and about life. To his players, Coach Adrian Byrd was a great coach.
"On and off the field he was always there for us. He was a funny dude and talked to us about everything. He was always there for us. He was always there for us," said Joshua Reed.
But early Sunday morning, this coach who was always where he was needed most was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He and his wife were returning home from a wedding, just driving down the Beltway, when a wrong way driver named Gerardo Gonzales Luna allegedly slammed a pickup truck into his Mercedes. Byrd made it to the hospital before dying. His wife survived, barely. Luna also survived, with a blood alcohol level of .284.
"The legal limit in Texas is .08. He was well over three times the legal limit," said Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare.
Luna was arrested in 2009 for DWI.
Byrd's boss and Heights High School head coach Stephen Dixon says with his passing Byrd has taught his players yet another valuable lesson -- that life is fleeting and fragile.
"It's a hard lesson to learn. Don't go out drinking and driving. I never thought it would happen to him, his family, these kids. Now you see it can happen to anybody," said Dixon.