Bobby Beathard (born January 24, 1937) is a former general manager in the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, his teams competed in seven Super Bowls (winning four times), beginning with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1966, Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973, Washington Redskins in 1982, 1983, and 1987, and the San Diego Chargers in 1994.
Beathard first joined pro football in 1963 as a part-time scout for the Kansas City Chiefs. He left the Chiefs briefly to scout for the American Football League and returned to Kansas City full-time in 1966. He earned his first AFL championship ring as a member of the 1966 Chiefs organization.
Beathard served as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968 through 1971. In 1972, Beathard was named director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins won the following two Super Bowls.
In 1978, the Washington Redskins named Beathard general manager. During his tenure in Washington, Beathard and head coach Joe Gibbs led the Redskins to three Super Bowls and two championships. In addition, the 1991 championship team for the Redskins was primarily composed of players that Beathard had brought to the Redskins. Prominent Beathard draft picks for the Redskins include Art Monk, Joe Jacoby, Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, Charlie Brown, Darrell Green, Charles Mann, and Gary Clark.
After a year as a studio analyst with NBC, Beathard joined the Chargers as general manager. In just his third season in San Diego, the organization won its first division title in more than a decade and, after five years, appeared in its first Super Bowl. He retired in 2000. However, his tenure with the team ended in infamy, as he is known as being the general manager who drafted Ryan Leaf with the second overall pick in 1998.
Beathard currently resides outside of Nashville in Franklin, TN with his wife Christine. One of Beathard's sons, Casey Beathard, is a country music songwriter. Another, Kurt Beathard, is a football coach, currently the wide receivers coach for Youngstown State. His grandson Bobo Beathard won a state championship with Battlefield High School in Virginia and is currently a receiver at Appalachian State; while another, C.J. Beathard, plays quarterback at the University of Iowa.
From 2005 to 2009, Beathard was a consecutive 5 time first place winner in the men's age 65 and over group at the World Bodysurfing Championships held annually in Oceanside, California.
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