How did Bobby Beathard die? NFL Hall of Fame executive dies at 86
FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE: Bobby Beathard, an NFL Hall of Fame executive has reportedly died at the age of 86 due to complications arising from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Franklin, his son Casey said. Beathard spent more than three decades as an NFL executive and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He spent 35 years in the NFL with the Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Before retiring in 2000, the legendary executive won four Super Bowls with two different teams, per Washington Post. After his death, the Pro Football Hall of Fame wrote from their official Twitter handle, “In more than 40 years in pro football, all Bobby Beathard's teams did was win. A four-time Super Bowl Champion, Beathard earned two rings each with both Miami and Washington, as well as helping lift San Diego and Kansas City teams to Super Bowl appearances.”
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NFL teams pay their respects
The Washington Commanders also paid their respects to their former executive in a statement, which read, “Bobby was a man of extraordinary class and integrity and was the architect behind the greatest teams in this organization’s history. He cared deeply about everyone he worked with and always put the team first."
"Bobby is rightfully enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Washington Ring of Fame and will go down as one of the greatest executives in NFL history. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Christine, children Kurt, Casey, Jeff, and Jaime along with the entire Beathard family. Bobby’s impact on our franchise and community will never be forgotten,” the statement added.
In more than 40 years in pro football, all Bobby Beathard's teams did was win.— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) February 1, 2023
A four-time Super Bowl Champion, Beathard earned two rings each with both Miami and Washington, as well as helping lift San Diego and Kansas City teams to Super Bowl appearances. #HOFForever pic.twitter.com/63suIdtnJU
'One of the best judges'
Chargers owner Dean Spanos also issued a statement applauding Beathard's contributions to the team, writing, "Bobby was one of the best judges of football talent in NFL history. For most, that alone would be enough. For Bobby Beathard, it doesn't nearly do the man justice. Bobby was who we all aspire to be — a friendly, caring, giving, thoughtful human being who 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 that you caught waves with, jogged trails alongside, and chatted up in the checkout line of the local market. He was the guy you felt like you'd known your entire life, even if it wasn't but for five minutes at the gas station. He was just a regular guy who happened to be anything but. Bobby was, in fact, exceptional. He was one-of-a-kind. And he will be incredibly missed,” the statement added.