NFL Hall of Fame executive Bobby Beathard has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86 years old.

Beathard was at home with his son, Casey, in Franklin, Tennessee, his family told the Washington Commanders.

Beathard spent more than three decades contributing to the front offices of five teams, including the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, winning two Super Bowls with each team.

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Bobby Beathard, general manager of the Washington Redskins, in 1983 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC

Bobby Beathard, general manager of the Washington Redskins, in 1983 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC
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The 1972 Dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history, earned Beathard his first ring when he was director of player personnel.

The Dolphins won the Super Bowl again in 1973, and Beathard held that position until 1977.

Beathard earned a promotion to the front of Washington’s front office from 1978 to 1988 as general manager, and his rosters took him to the Super Bowl three times. He won his first title with Washington in 1982, and 1987 brought his fourth and final ring.

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During his time in the nation’s capital, Beathard was responsible for recruiting Hall of Famers Art Monk, Russ Grimm and Darrell Green.

Beathard was inducted into the Hall in 2018 as a contributor, having been a part of 10 division-winning squads along with Super Bowls.

After his time in Washington, Beathard moved on to the San Diego Chargers, where he served as general manager from 1990 to 1999.

Bobby Beathard poses for photographers next to his Hall of Fame bust after he was enshrined on August 4, 2018.

Bobby Beathard poses for photographers next to his Hall of Fame bust after he was enshrined on August 4, 2018.
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Despite Beathard coming under fire for arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history when he selected quarterback Ryan Leaf with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 Draft, Chargers owner Dean Spanos issued a statement praising what Beathard did for the franchise.

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«Bobby was one of the greatest football talent judges in NFL history,» Spanos began. «For most, that alone would be enough. For Bobby Beathard, it doesn’t do the man justice. Bobby was who we all aspire to be: a kind, loving, generous and caring human being who brought together people from all walks of life. life. life together.

«He was the best general manager in football, but he was also the guy sitting on his surfboard in the ocean with whom you caught waves, jogged along side paths and chatted in the checkout line at the local market. He was the guy who you felt like it. you knew it your whole life, even if it wasn’t for more than five minutes at the gas station. He was a normal guy who turned out to be the complete opposite.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Beathard is introduced prior to the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens on August 2, 2018, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Beathard is introduced prior to the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens on August 2, 2018, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
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«Bobby was, in fact, exceptional. He was one of a kind. And he will be sorely missed.»

Beathard’s addition to the Chargers helped clinch the team’s first division title since 1981 during his third season as general manager. He also participated in the team’s only Super Bowl appearance in 1994.

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Beathard retired from the league in 2000.