Bobby Beathard

Bobby Beathard (born January 24, 1937) is a former general manager of the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, his teams competed in seven Super Bowls (winning four times), beginning with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1966, Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973, Washington Redskins in 1982, 1983, and 1987, and the San Diego Chargers in 1994.

Bobby Beathard
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Beathard in 2018
Position:General manager
Personal information
Born:January 24, 1937 (age 82)
Zanesville, Ohio
Career information
High school:El Segundo (CA)
College:Cal Poly
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Early life and playing career

Beathard was born in Zanesville, Ohio, before moving to El Segundo, California, at the age of four. He attended El Segundo High School but did not begin playing football until his sophomore year, as a tailback. In college, he accepted a scholarship to play football for LSU, but returned home after summer practices after feeling homesick. He then enrolled at El Camino Junior College for a year before enrolling at Cal Poly, where he played football as a back-up running back and later the starting quarterback and defensive back, leading Cal Poly to back-to-back 9–1 seasons. He went undrafted in 1959 and had pre-season stints with two professional teams, but was unable to find a spot, spending his early post-college years playing semi-pro football and working various non-football jobs.[1]

Executive career


Beathard first joined pro football in 1963 as a part-time scout for the Kansas City Chiefs. He left the Chiefs briefly to scout for the American Football League and returned to Kansas City full-time in 1966. He earned his first AFL championship ring as a member of the 1966 Chiefs organization.

Beathard served as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968 through 1971. In 1972, Beathard was named director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins won the following two Super Bowls.

General manager

In 1978, the Washington Redskins named Beathard general manager. During his tenure in Washington, Beathard, Russ Grimm, Joe Gibbs, and Art Monk helped lead the Redskins to three Super Bowl appearances and two championships. In addition, the 1991 championship team for the Redskins was primarily composed of players that Beathard had brought to the Redskins. Prominent Beathard draft picks for the Redskins include Art Monk, Joe Jacoby, Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, Charlie Brown, Darrell Green, Charles Mann, and Gary Clark.

After a year as a studio analyst with NBC, Beathard joined the Chargers as general manager. In just his third season in San Diego, the organization won its first division title in more than a decade and, after five years, appeared in its first Super Bowl. He retired in 2000.

Personal life

Beathard resides with his wife Christine in Franklin, Tennessee.[2] Beathard's younger brother, Pete Beathard, was quarterback at USC and for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers. One of Beathard's sons, Casey Beathard, is a country music songwriter.[3] One of his sons, Kurt Beathard, is a football coach, currently the offensive coordinator for Illinois State.[4] His grandson, Jeffery "Bobo" Beathard, played four years at Appalachian State University as a wide receiver; while another grandson, C. J. Beathard, is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and another, Tucker Beathard, is a singer-songwriter.

Beathard participated in the 1984 New York City Marathon.[5]

From 2005 to 2009, Beathard was a consecutive 5 time first place winner in the men's age 65 and over group at the World Bodysurfing Championships held annually in Oceanside, California.[6]

Beathard was inducted into the Cal Poly Mustangs Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.[7]

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Chargers Hall of Fame in 2018.[8][9]


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1975 Miami Dolphins season

The 1975 Miami Dolphins season was the team's tenth, and sixth in the National Football League (NFL). Although they tied for the division title at 10–4 with the Baltimore Colts, the Colts won the tiebreaker in 1975 with a sweep of both games. The sole wild card in the conference was Cincinnati at 11–3, so the Dolphins missed the playoffs for the first time since 1969.

The 1975 Dolphins were without running backs Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick and wide receiver Paul Warfield. They signed three-year contracts with the Memphis Southmen in March 1974 to play in the World Football League, beginning in 1975. The second-year league folded in the season's twelfth week, and the trio returned to the NFL in 1976 with other teams.

1980 Washington Redskins season

The 1980 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 43rd in Washington, D.C.. They failed to impove on their 10–6 record from 1979, dropping to 6–10, their only double-digit losing season between 1964 and 1992. This was Jack Pardee's last season as head coach.

1992 San Diego Chargers season

The 1992 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 33rd season, their 32nd in San Diego, and 23rd in the National Football League.

The Chargers began with the team trying to improve on their 4–12 record in 1991. Bobby Ross began his first season as the team's head coach, after having spent the previous five years as a college coach at Georgia Tech. The team made the playoffs for the first time in ten years. The Chargers would lose their first four games of the season, but would rally to an 11–5 finish to the season, clinching the AFC West title, and becoming the first (and to this day, only) NFL team to start 0–4 and still make the playoffs.

1995 San Diego Chargers season

The 1995 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 36th, its 26th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The season began with the team as reigning AFC champions and trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 1994. After starting 4-7, the Chargers won their final five games to get into the playoffs. It ended in the first round with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

That game would mark the last time the Chargers would make the playoffs until the 2004 NFL season.

1997 San Diego Chargers season

The 1997 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 38th overall and was the first season under Kevin Gilbride. As the Chargers struggled with Stan Humphries missing half the season, failing to impove on their 8–8 record from 1996, finshed with a 4–12 record and missing the playoffs for the second consctive season.

Backup Quarterback Craig Whelihan went winless in seven starts, as the team lost their final eight games after a 4-4 start and scored only one offensive touchdown in their final three games. The team's stadium, Qualcomm Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXII at the end of the season.

1999 San Diego Chargers season

The 1999 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 40th overall and the first under head coach Mike Riley.

Before the season, Ryan Leaf wound up suffering a shoulder injury during the Chargers’ first training camp and would miss the entire season. Following a 4–1 start, the Chargers suffered six straight losses before winning four of their final five games to finish 8–8.

7th Annual NFL Honors

The 7th Annual NFL Honors was an awards presentation by the National Football League that honored its best players from the 2017 NFL season. It was held on February 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM CT and pre-recorded for same-day broadcast on NBC in the United States at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM CT.


Beathard is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bobby Beathard (born 1937), American sports executive

Casey Beathard (born 1965), American country music songwriter

C. J. Beathard (born 1993), American football player

Pete Beathard (born 1942), American football player

Tucker Beathard (born 199?), American country music singer and songwriter

Billy Devaney

William Joseph Peter Francis "Billy" Devaney (born March 7, 1955) is a professional American football analyst on ESPN. Prior to that Devaney was a football executive. He was the general manager for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League from 2008 to 2011. He used to be an assistant to the general manager with the Atlanta Falcons. He replaced the longtime Rams president of football operations, Jay Zygmunt, at the end of the 2008 season.Devaney began his career serving as the director of pro personnel under Bobby Beathard during his time with the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2000. He also worked a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons. Devaney then worked with the CBS pregame show for two years. In 2006 Devaney began working as an assistant to Rich McKay, president and former general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 2006 to early 2008. In February 2008 the St. Louis Rams hired him as vice president of pro personnel to help conduct their 2008 draft. He was promoted to general manager of the Rams on December 24, 2008. He made his first major hire as the Rams' general manager on January 17, 2009, when the Rams announced that Steve Spagnuolo would be its new head coach. Since the hiring he had revamped the entire front office of the Rams. He was fired at the end of the 2011 season after a 10-38 record as GM.Devaney was raised in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, and attended Mater Dei High School. He went on to attend Elon University.

On February 24, 2016, Devaney was hired by the University of Nebraska as executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach for the football team. Proceeding the firing of Mike Riley, Devaney was fired on December 15, 2017. In 2018, the Alliance of American Football named him the general manager of the Atlanta Legends.

Casey Beathard

Casey Michael Beathard (born December 2, 1965) is an American country music songwriter. The son of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard, and father to current San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, and country music artist Tucker Beathard, he has co-written singles for several country music recording artists, including top-ten singles for Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. In 2004 and 2008, he received Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Songwriter of the Year award for his contributions.

Elvis Patterson

Elvis Vernell "Toast" Patterson (born October 21, 1960) is a former American football defensive back who played in the National Football League for the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Kansas.

Jim Callahan (American football)

Jim Callahan (born July 29, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American football player and author who currently resides in Anna Maria, Florida. Callahan was selected in the 8th round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons; 185 picks after O.J. Simpson, the first player selected that year. Callahan was recruited out of college by future NFL general manager Bobby Beathard and signed a contract with the Falcons one month later.Callahan played wide receiver at Temple University for the 1966, 1967, and 1968 football seasons under head coach George Makris. Prior to enrollment at Temple University, Callahan earned first team All-Catholic League honors at Cardinal Dougherty High School. Callahan scored a touchdown the first 10 times he touched the football in intercollegiate play, leading the New York Times to report facetiously that "Jim Callahan of Temple is in a slump" after the 11th reception of his career did not go for a touchdown.Callahan holds many pre-1971 era Temple Owls football records. These include most career points (218 points), most points in a season (86 points in 1968), most points in a game (30 points verses Bucknell University in 1966), most career touchdowns (36 touchdowns), most touchdowns in a season (14 touchdowns in 1968), most career receptions (105 receptions), most receptions in a season (57 receptions in 1968), most career receiving yards (1,848 yards), most receiving yards in a season (786 yards in 1968), and most career receiving touchdowns (36 touchdowns).Callahan also was on the receiving end of the longest pass play in Temple history; a 90-yard pass thrown by quarterback John Waller against Northeastern University in 1968. His five touchdown receptions against Bucknell in 1966, the most touchdown receptions for one game in Temple history, helped the Temple Owls defeat the Bucknell Bison for the first time in 12 years.After college, Callahan spent the 1969 season with the Alabama Hawks of the Continental Football League; a farm team located in Huntsville, Alabama. He was inducted into the Temple University Hall of Fame in 1981.Callahan authored the book WALLS in 1993 (with a revised edition in 1996). According to Callahan, WALLS is "based on the belief that life is not a series of unrelated random events. There is a process to how people gather and evaluate information and make the choices that direct their life. WALLS offers an opportunity for you to step out of your daily routine and explore some issues that have a tremendous impact on how you direct your life toward the outcome you desire."

List of Miami Dolphins in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The list of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes players, coaches, and contributors (e.g., owners and team or league officials) who have "made outstanding contributions to professional football". The "charter" class of seventeen was selected in 1963.As of 2018, 15 inductees have played for, coached, or contributed to the Miami Dolphins.

Bobby Beathard was the most recent Dolphin selected.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 10 of these men made the major part of their primary contribution to the Miami Dolphins. Four more spent a minor portion of their career with the Dolphins, and Bill Parcells held an administrative position after his coaching career.

List of personalities on NFL Network

Past and present television personalities on the NFL Network.

Marty Hurney

Marty Hurney is an American football executive, who is currently the General Manager of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).

Mel Kaufman

Melvin Kaufman (February 24, 1958 – February 7, 2009) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) who played his entire eight-year career with the Washington Redskins. He played college football at California Polytechnic State University.

Pete Beathard

Peter Falconer Beathard (born March 7, 1942) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL), the National Football League (NFL), and the World Football League (WFL). He is the younger brother of former NFL executive Bobby Beathard (b. 1937).

Tucker Beathard

Tucker Beathard is an American country music singer and songwriter. A son of songwriter Casey Beathard (and grandson of Bobby Beathard), he was signed to Dot Records, where he released one extended play, Fight Like Hell (2016). He is also brother to San Francisco 49ers quarterback, C.J. Beathard

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