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    • Bobby Beathard Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame

      Bobby Beathard Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame

      RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 4, 2018) — Former Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard was enshrined in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018. Beathard, the architect behind some of the most legendary teams in Redskins lore, was presented by former Washington Redskins head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs. Beathard’s illustrious career as an NFL executive included 11 seasons as General Manager of the Redskins from 1978-88. After taking the job on Feb. 24, 1978, Beathard guided the organization to three Super Bowl appearances, including victories in Super Bowls XVII and XXII. Many of the players he acquired remained on the roster for the team’s Super Bowl XXVI victory as well. In Beathard’s 11 seasons as General Manager, the Redskins averaged 9.5 wins a year. The team posted a regular season winning percentage of .625 (105-63) in that time frame, best in the NFC and second-best in the NFL. No team in that time frame posted a better postseason winning percentage than the Redskins, who went 11-3 in postseason play in his tenure for a winning percentage of .786.

      Draft classes during Beathard's tenure featured three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including wide receiver Art Monk (1980, No. 18 overall), guard Russ Grimm (1981, No. 69) and cornerback Darrell Green (1983, No. 28). The classes also featured four additional members of the Redskins Ring of Fame, including linebacker Monte Coleman (1979, No. 289), defensive end Dexter Manley (1981, No. 119) defensive end Charles Mann (1983, No. 84) and quarterback Mark Rypien (1986, No. 146). Additionally, Beathard oversaw the college free agent additions of Redskins Ring of Famers Jeff Bostic and Joe Jacoby and supplemented the team with a number of former USFL stars, including quarterback Doug Williams and wide receivers Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders. All of the players listed were led on the field Coach Gibbs, the former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator whom Beathard hired prior to the 1981 season.

      Beathard began his career as a part-time scout for the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1963. He earned an AFL championship ring with the organization in 1966 en route to the team’s berth in Super Bowl I. He would later serve as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968-71 and as Director of Player Personnel for the Miami Dolphins from 1972-77 prior to joining the Redskins. He finished his career as General Manager of the San Diego Chargers, serving in that capacity from 1990-2000. In all, Beathard’s teams made seven Super Bowl appearances, including one by Kansas City (1966), two by Miami (1972-73), three by Washington (1982-83 and 1987) and one by San Diego (1994). Beathard was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on Jan. 24, 1937. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended El Segundo H.S. before playing quarterback at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, where he helped lead the 1957 and 1958 teams to consecutive 9-1 records.

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