RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After building three Super Bowl-winning teams, former general manager Bobby Beathard will finally get his name on the Washington Redskins’ Ring of Fame this season.
Beathard will become the 49th member of the ring when he is inducted on Nov. 13. With rosters constructed by Beathard, Washington won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth over a span of 10 years.
“His resume is more than impressive,” team president Bruce Allen said Saturday. “He’s been with seven different Super Bowl teams in his career, obviously the architect of building the Washington Redskins.”
The 79-year-old Beathard will be given the honor during the Redskins’ annual “Homecoming” game, played this year against the Minnesota Vikings.
Beathard spent 11 seasons as Redskins GM, from 1978-1988. After hiring Joe Gibbs as coach and drafting Hall of Famers Darrell Green and Art Monk, Washington won the Super Bowl in 1983 and 1988 and made it in 1984.
The Redskins also won the Super Bowl in 1992 after Beathard was gone. Before that, he won an AFL championship as a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs, scouted for the Atlanta Falcons and won two Super Bowls as director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins.
“The years at the Miami Dolphins including the ‘72 season of undefeated teams and being with (coach Don) Shula, I learned a lot more than I ever had up until that time about football,” Beathard said. “So I felt coming into a situation like (the Redskins) that I felt prepared.”
Beathard hired Gibbs as an assistant out of San Diego, and the Redskins enjoyed a period of sustained success. Washington had a regular-season winning percentage of .625 under Beathard.
Later in his career, Beathard spent 11 seasons as GM of the San Diego Chargers, who went to the Super Bowl in 1995.
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