Don Beebe

Don Lee Beebe (born December 18, 1964) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. He also played for the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers.

A member of the Bills teams that lost four consecutive Super Bowls, Beebe achieved recognition for preventing an opposing touchdown by forcing a fumble in Super Bowl XXVII, despite the Bills facing an insurmountable deficit. He made one further Super Bowl appearance with the Packers and was part of the team that won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.

Don Beebe
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:December 18, 1964 (age 54)
Aurora, Illinois
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Maple Park (IL) Kaneland
College:Chadron State
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:3,416
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Don Beebe is one of five children of Don and Barb Beebe.[1] He attended Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Illinois where he lettered in basketball, track and football, graduating in 1983.[1] After attending Western Illinois University, he transferred to Chadron State College in Nebraska, where he set several school football records his senior year and ran a 6.3 60-yard dash on the indoor track team.[2]

Professional career

Beebe was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (82nd pick overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft.[3] He posted impressive statistics in speed and agility drills at the 1989 pre-draft combine.[4]

In his nine NFL seasons, Beebe caught 219 passes for 3,416 yards, rushed for 28 yards, returned 81 kickoffs for 1,735 yards, and scored 25 touchdowns (23 receiving, one kickoff return, and one fumble recovery). He appeared in five Super Bowls as a player: XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII with the Buffalo Bills (missing XXV due to injury) and XXXI and XXXII with Green Bay. While Buffalo lost its four consecutive title games, Beebe ultimately won a Super Bowl in his first year with the Packers in XXXI against the New England Patriots, but he also lost in Super Bowl XXXII to the Denver Broncos.

Beebe is well known for making one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history during XXVII against the Dallas Cowboys. In the game's fourth quarter, Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett recovered a Bills fumble and advanced the ball toward the end zone. However, Lett began to celebrate prematurely by holding the ball out to his right side. Although the Bills were losing 52-17 at the time, a relentless Beebe streaked down the field and knocked the ball out of Lett's hands just before he crossed the goal line.[5] The loose ball went through the end zone and out of bounds for a touchback and preventing a Dallas touchdown, which would have given them a Super Bowl-record 58 points, plus an extra point kick. Beebe also caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception from Frank Reich earlier in the game.

Beebe recalled that he was upset that the Bills were "getting killed", and that the play "didn't mean nothing to me. Nothing. Until I got in the locker room, and Ralph Wilson, the owner, came right over to me, he bypassed every other player and he came right to me, and said 'You showed me a lot today. You showed me exactly what the Buffalo Bills are all about'". "I didn't realize what an impact a professional athlete has", the player added, until receiving thousands of letters from both Buffalo and Dallas fans who praised the play and him for not giving up.[6]

Beebe was one of several Bills who formed the core of the Carolina Panthers when it was founded in 1995. He only played for one season with the Panthers before finishing his career with the Packers. With injuries ravaging the Packers' receiving corps in 1996, Beebe ended up being the Packers' second-leading receiver, with 39 receptions, 699 receiving yards, 4 touchdown receptions, as well as the only kickoff return touchdown of his career. His standout game came in an overtime battle against the San Francisco 49ers, where Beebe had 11 receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown in a 23-20 Packer victory.

Beebe has always been highly respected by players and coaches because of his strong work ethic and character. He was honored as an "Unsung Hero" in 1996 at the NFL Players Association Awards Banquet.

Post-playing career

In 1998, Beebe founded House of Speed, LLC,[7] a company that specializes in training athletes in the essentials of top performance, speed and character. House of Speed began franchise operations in 2006 and has locations in eleven states. Beebe also works with several professional, collegiate and amateur sports organizations in the area of speed, including the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and Club Fusion Volleyball.

In 2004, Beebe began coaching varsity football for Aurora Christian School in Aurora, Illinois.[8] He—along with his brother, defensive coordinator David Beebe, and brother Dan, the school's athletic director), led the Eagles to the school's first state championship appearance in 2008, where the team finished as 4A state runner-up after losing to Bloomington Central Catholic 37–28.[9] Three years later Beebe and the Eagles returned to the finals, this time winning the 2011 IHSA Class 3A State Championship with a 34–7 win over Mt. Carmel. In 2012, Beebe led the Eagles to a second straight IHSA Class 3A State Championship by defeating Tolono-Unity 42–12 before stepping down as coach after the 2013 season and an overall 97-26 record. His brother succeeded him as head coach.[10]

Beebe has also written a book with Denise Crosby, "Six Rings from Nowhere".[11] As of 2014 a deal was in the works to develop the book into a feature film about Beebe's life and Christian faith.[10][12]

Don Beebe's son, Chad, was a wide receiver for Northern Illinois University,[10] and has been a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings NFL team since 2018.[13]

Beebe has served as the honorary chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, has made numerous appearances for charity organizations from the Cub Scouts to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and has held a golf tournament each year to benefit Chadron State College.[14]

In November 2018, Beebe was named the head coach at Aurora University, replacing 5th-year head coach Rick Ponx who was fired just the day before.[15][16]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Aurora Spartans (Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Aurora 0–0 0–0
Aurora: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0


  1. ^ a b Oberhelman, Dave. "Beebe brothers a winning combination at Aurora Christian".
  2. ^ "Beebe knows how often major college recruiters miss prospects".
  3. ^ "1989 - Round 3". National Football League. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Wojciechowski, Gene (October 15, 1989). "He's Making Beeline to Recognition : Bills: Buffalo wide receiver Don Beebe has caught NFL defensive backs off guard with both his speed and ability". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Jackson, Kevin. "100 GREATEST SUPER BOWL MOMENTS #11 All hustle". ESPN. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Four Falls of Buffalo". 30 for 30. Season 3. December 12, 2015. ESPN.
  7. ^ "About". House of Speed. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Head Coach: Don Beebe". Aurora Christian Schools. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "Maxpress". Aurora Christian Football Stats. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Oberhelman, Dave. "Beebe steps down at Aurora Christian".
  11. ^ User, Super. "Six Rings From Nowhere - Don Beebe".
  12. ^ "Beebe moving forward on movie project".
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1989 Buffalo Bills season

The 1989 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 30th overall season as a football team and the 20th in the [[National Football League. The Bills finished in first place in the AFC East and finished the National Football League's 1989 season with a record of 9 wins and 7 losses. Although Buffalo won the division and qualified for the postseason, their record was a drop off from their 12–4 mark in 1988.

1991 Buffalo Bills season

The 1991 Buffalo Bills season was the 32nd season, and 22nd in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1991 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses, the same record as their previous season, and finished first in the AFC East division. The Bills qualified for their second Super Bowl appearance, but lost to the Washington Redskins, 24–37.

1992 Buffalo Bills season

The 1992 Buffalo Bills season was the 33rd season for the team in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1992 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses, and finished second in the AFC East division. The Bills qualified for their third straight Super Bowl appearance, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17–52.

1993 Buffalo Bills season

The 1993 Buffalo Bills season was the 34th season for the Buffalo, New York team in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1993 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, and finished first in the AFC East division.

The Bills qualified for their fourth straight Super Bowl, where they faced the Dallas Cowboys in a rematch of the previous season's Super Bowl. However, just like with the previous Super Bowl, the Bills would lose to the Cowboys 13–30.

1995 Carolina Panthers season

The 1995 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Dom Capers. They went 7–9, the best debut year for any expansion franchise since the NFL's inception. The Panthers would go on to make the playoffs in only their second season in 1996. The Panthers played their first season's home games at Clemson University because Bank of America Stadium was still under construction after a deadline point in 1995 for scheduling Carolina's first set of NFL games.

1996 Green Bay Packers season

The 1996 Green Bay Packers season was their 78th season overall and their 76th in the National Football League, which culminated with the franchise winning its third Super Bowl and league-record 12th NFL Championship. The Packers posted a league-best 13–3 regular season won-loss record, going 8–0 at home and 5–3 on the road. It was the first time since 1962 that the club went undefeated at home. Additionally, the Packers had the NFL's highest-scoring offense (456) and allowed the fewest points on defense (210). Green Bay was the first team to accomplish both feats in the same season since the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. They finished the season with the number one ranked offense, defense, and special teams. They also set a then NFL record for the fewest touchdowns allowed in a 16-game season, with 19. The Packers also allowed the fewest yards in the NFL and set a record for punt return yardage. Brett Favre won his second straight MVP award while also throwing for a career-high and league leading 39 touchdown passes.

In the postseason, the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. Green Bay beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI to win their third Super Bowl and twelfth NFL Championship.In 2007, the 1996 Packers were ranked as the 16th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions. The 1996 Packers were ranked 6th-greatest Super Bowl team of all-time by a similar panel done by ESPN and released in 2007. As of 2019, the Packers are the only team since the implementation of the salary cap to score the most points and allow the fewest in the regular season.

2016 Humboldt State Lumberjacks football team

The 2016 Humboldt State Lumberjacks football team represented Humboldt State University during the 2016 NCAA Division II football season. Humboldt State competed in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).

The 2016 Lumberjacks were led by ninth-year head coach Rob Smith. They played home games at the Redwood Bowl in Arcata, California. Humboldt State finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 3–5 GNAC). The Lumberjacks outscored their opponents 333–321 for the 2016 season.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe (born June 1, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Illinois University.

Chadron State College

Chadron State College is a four-year public college located in Chadron, Nebraska, in the northern part of the Nebraska Panhandle. It is one of three public colleges in the Nebraska State College System.

The school opened in June 1911, although a previous institution dated from the late 19th century. The college has an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Five of its 25 major buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Chadron State Eagles

The Chadron State Eagles are the athletic teams that represent Chadron State College, located in Chadron, Nebraska, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 11 varsity sports.

Elliott Field at Don Beebe Stadium

Elliott Field at Don Beebe Stadium is an American football stadium that plays host to the NCAA's Chadron State Eagles. Named after former Chadron State College president, Robert I. Elliott and Chadron alum and Super Bowl champion, Don Beebe. Started in the early 1900s as just a football field with removable bleachers surrounding, it was made a true stadium in 1929. A small grandstand with a small press box was erected. It held roughly 1,500 people although many more showed up for games. In 1995, a new grandstand and press box was constructed with 3,500 seats, which has housed the Eagles ever since.

Four Falls of Buffalo

Four Falls of Buffalo is a 2015 documentary film produced for ESPN's 30 for 30 series and directed by Ken Rodgers of NFL Films. The film profiles the Buffalo Bills teams of the early 1990s, when the franchise became the first team to play in — and lose — four consecutive Super Bowls.The film goes through the Bills four "Super Bowl" years featuring retrospectives and insight on such famous plays as Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal miss at the end of Super Bowl XXV, Thurman Thomas' misplaced helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI, and Don Beebe's strip of Leon Lett's attempted fumble return in Super Bowl XXVII. Former Bills players Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Don Beebe, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Frank Reich, coach Marv Levy, and general manager Bill Polian all gave extensive interviews for the film.A highlight of the documentary is an emotional interview with Norwood and former Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven conducted on the steps of Buffalo City Hall, the site where, twenty-five years before, the crowd of Bills fans had cheered for Norwood following his ill-fated kick.

John Butler (American football general manager)

John Butler (1946 – April 11, 2003) was a National Football League general manager of the Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers.A native of Chicago, Butler spent four years in the Marines and saw active duty in Vietnam. After his discharge, he enrolled at San Bernardino Junior College, then went to the University of Illinois, where he played one season on the offensive line before a knee injury cut short his playing career.

Butler's first NFL job was as a scout for the Chargers in 1985. He joined the Bills in 1987 as the personnel director, then became the team's general manager in 1993. He was in Buffalo's front office for all of its record four straight trips to the NFL championship game from 1991 to 1994. The Bills lost all of those Super Bowls. During his tenure there, the Bills went to the playoffs 10 times and had a record of 140–83.

As Buffalo's personnel director, he was known for finding big talent at small colleges, such as wide receiver Don Beebe of Chadron State and defensive end Phil Hansen of North Dakota. He drafted Marcellus Wiley out of Columbia, then signed him as a free agent after he had taken over the Chargers in January 2001.

Butler built the foundation for San Diego's offense by drafting running back LaDainian Tomlinson and quarterback Drew Brees. San Diego went 5–11 and 8–8 in Butler's two seasons, improving from 1–15 the year before Butler's arrival.

Butler died of lymphoma on April 11, 2003. He was 56.

Leon Lett

Leon Lett Jr. (born October 12, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle and coach. He is the assistant defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). Lett played in the NFL for 11 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Cowboys, who drafted him in 1991. In his final season in 2001, he played for the Denver Broncos.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Lett was a member of the Cowboys teams that won three Super Bowls during the 1990s. He is also remembered for two botched plays: a fumble just before he would have scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVII and a failed recovery after a blocked field goal in a Thanksgiving game. After retiring, Lett began a career in coaching and rejoined the Cowboys as a coach in 2011.

Mike Lodish

Michael Timothy "Mike" Lodish (born August 11, 1967) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the tenth round of the 1990 NFL Draft. A 6'3", 270-lb. defensive tackle and nose tackle from UCLA, Lodish played in 11 NFL seasons from 1990-2000 for the Bills and Denver Broncos.

Nick Nicolau

Anthero "Nick" Nicolau (May 5, 1933 – December 6, 2014) was a longtime NFL and college football assistant coach. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.He spent most of the 1960s -'70s coaching at college programs such as Bridgeport (Head Coach), Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Kent State.

Nicolau broke into the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 1980 under then head coach Dick Stanfel. He moved on to the Denver Broncos, coaching the running backs from 1981 through 1987. Some of the players he coached included Dave Preston, Sammy Winder, and Steve Sewell.

After a dispute that ended his tenure in Denver, he landed with the Buffalo Bills and served as their wide receivers coach from 1989–1991. There he worked with talents such as Andre Reed and Don Beebe.

In 1992, he became the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts under head coach Ted Marchibroda with whom he worked in Buffalo. He helped the Colts to a 9–7 record in 1992 and an 8–8 record in 1994. He helped develop Reggie Langhorne as a receiver and worked with quarterback Jeff George as well. In 1994, he helped turn running back Marshall Faulk as a rookie while also working with both Jim Harbaugh and Don Majkowski at quarterback.

Nicolau then spent two seasons coaching the tight ends for the Jacksonville Jaguars, helping to develop Pete Mitchell as a blocker and receiver. In 1997, Jaguars offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers and Nicolau followed him to California. There he served two years as the Chargers assistant head coach before retiring after the 1998 NFL season. He died aged 81 on December 6, 2014.

Super Bowl XXVII

Super Bowl XXVII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1992 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 52–17, winning their third Super Bowl in team history, and their first one in 15 years. This game is tied with Super Bowl XXXVII as the third-highest scoring Super Bowl ever with 69 combined points. The Bills became the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls, and just the second team to play in three straight (the Miami Dolphins played in Super Bowls VI–VIII, winning VII and VIII). The game was played on January 31, 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the seventh Super Bowl held in the Greater Los Angeles Area. To date, this game represents the mid-point game in Super Bowl history as there are 26 Super Bowls both preceding and following it.

The Bills advanced to their third consecutive Super Bowl after posting an 11–5 regular season record, but entered the playoffs as a wild card after losing tiebreakers. The Cowboys were making their sixth Super Bowl appearance after posting a 13–3 regular season record. It was the first time that the two franchises had played each other since 1984.

The Cowboys scored 35 points off of a Super Bowl-record nine Buffalo turnovers, including three first half touchdowns. Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich, who replaced injured starter Jim Kelly in the second quarter, threw a 40-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to cut the lead to 31–17. Dallas then scored three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns for a passer rating of 140.6, while also rushing for 28 yards.

In response to the Fox Network's Super Bowl counterprogramming of a special episode of In Living Color during the previous year, the NFL booked Michael Jackson to perform during the entire Super Bowl XXVII halftime show. Jackson's performance started the league's trend of signing top acts to appear during the Super Bowl to attract more viewers and interest.

Super Bowl XXVIII

Super Bowl XXVIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1993 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 30–13, winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl wins. The game was played on January 30, 1994, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the 1993 regular season was conducted over 18 weeks (two byes per team), the traditional bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl was not employed; the last time this happened was before Super Bowl XXV.

This is the only time that the same two teams have met in consecutive Super Bowls. The defending Super Bowl XXVII champion Cowboys finished with a 12–4 regular season record, despite key players missing games due to injuries. The Bills were making their fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance, but still seeking their first title, after also finishing with a 12–4 regular season record, largely through the strength of their no-huddle offense.

After trailing 13–6 at halftime, the Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. The Bills had built their lead off of running back Thurman Thomas' 4-yard touchdown run. But just 45 seconds into the third quarter, Thomas was stripped of the ball, and Dallas safety James Washington returned the fumble 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. From there, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, largely took over the game. On Dallas' next possession, Smith was handed the ball seven times on an eight-play, 64-yard drive that was capped off with his 15-yard touchdown run. He later scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Overall, Smith had 30 carries for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also catching 4 passes for 26 yards.

Western Illinois Leathernecks football

The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Western Illinois University located in Macomb, Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1903. The team plays its home games at the 16,368 seat Hanson Field.

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