Hall of Fame NFL executive Bobby Beesard has died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. he was 86 years old.
Bearthard was at home in Franklin, Tennessee, with his son, Casey, his family told Washington.
Beathard spent more than 30 years in the front office of five teams, including the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, winning two Super Bowls with each team.
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The 1972 Dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history, won the ring for the first time while Beesard was director of player personnel.
The Dolphins won the Super Bowl again in 1973, and Beesard held the position until 1977.
Beathard was promoted as general manager overseeing Washington’s front office from 1978 to 1988, and his roster took him to the Super Bowl three times. He won his first title in Washington in 1982 and his final ring in 1987 in his fourth.
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While in the nation’s capital, Bearthard was responsible for drafting Hall of Fame players such as Art Monk, Russ Grimm and Darrell Greene.
Beesard was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2018 and has been part of 10 division-winning teams along with the Super Bowl.
After spending time in Washington, Beesard moved to the San Diego Chargers, where he served as general manager from 1990-1999.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos, despite flak in arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history when Beesard took quarterback Ryan Leaf with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft. issued a statement praising Beesard for what he has done for the franchise.
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“Bobby was one of the best judges of football talent in NFL history,” Spanos began. “For most people, that’s enough. For Bobby Beesard, it does little human justice. Bobby was the person we all aspire to be: friendly, caring, caring.” , is a human being who has brought people from all walks of life together.
“He was the best GM in football, but he was also the guy sitting on his surfboard in the ocean catching waves, jogging down the trail, chatting in the checkout line at the local market. He was the guy who felt like that. Even if it wasn’t for five minutes at a gas station, you knew your whole life. He just happened to be a normal guy.
“Bobby was truly extraordinary. He was one of a kind. And he will be greatly missed.”
Beesard’s arrival with the Chargers helped him win the team’s First Division title for the first time since 1981, in his third season as GM. He was also involved in the team’s only Super Bowl appearance in 1994.
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Beesard retired from the league in 2000.