Ian Beckles

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Ian Beckles
No. 62
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-07-20) July 20, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Lindsay Place High School
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 5 / Pick: 114
Debuted in 1990 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Ian Harold Beckles (born July 20, 1967) is a former American football Guard who played nine seasons in the NFL. Beckles, along with Ron Diaz is currently co-host of the highly rated The Ron & Ian Show on WDAE (620 AM and 95.3 FM) in Tampa, Florida.

Early Years to College[edit]

Beckles' family emigrated to Canada in 1964. His mother (who passed in early 2009) was native of Guyana, while his father hails from Trinidad. Beckles grew up with his mother in a single-parent home in Montreal and played hockey and baseball as a youth (among his friends was future NFL fullback and Buc teammate Alonzo Highsmith). However, after playing football in high school, Beckles excelled and went on to play junior college football at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore.

Beckles later transferred to Indiana, and became a standout guard during the 1989 season—his only as a starter. During Beckles' senior year, Indiana produced one of nation's top rushing attacks (214.5 yards per game). Beckles blocked for future NFL quarterback Trent Green, running backs Vaughn Dunbar (an NFL first-round pick) and Anthony Thompson (who won the Maxwell Award player of the year award in 1989), and Ernie Thompson, and alongside standout center Ron Vargo, who played briefly for the Arena League's Columbus franchise in the early 1990s.
Beckles received attention from NFL scouts as a senior when they turned to film from Indiana to scout, primarily, Thompson. As the team's primary pulling lineman, Beckles stood out on film.

Beckles graduated from IU with a BS in business.

Professional Football[edit]

Following Indiana, Beckles was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL draft and started immediately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at right guard. The rookie was a bright addition to an interior line that had struggled with guards Tom McHale, John Bruhin and Carl Bax.

Beckles became a mainstay during his seven seasons with the Bucs, along with left tackle Paul Gruber and center Tony Mayberry, while the left guard and right tackle positions were in flux from season to season. During his time, the Bucs had 1,000 yard rushers and Reggie Cobb (1992) and Errict Rhett (1994, 1995).
Beckles, who wore jersey no. 62, departed as a free agent after the 1996 season, inking a deal with Philadelphia.

The Bucs went bigger without Beckles. Second year guard Jorge Diaz (6-4, 315) took Beckles spot at right guard for the Bucs in 1997, and was moved to left guard the following season to replace the undersized Jim Pyne (who was exposed to Cleveland in the expansion draft). The spot then went to Frank Middleton (6-3, 330) in 1998.

Beckles started two seasons for the Eagles at right guard alongside players such as right tackle Richard Cooper, centers Steve Everitt and Bubba Miller and swingmen Jermaine Mayberry and Jerry Crafts, before signing with the Jets in 1999. Ricky Watters had 1,000 yard seasons in each of Beckles' seasons as a starter with Philadelphia under offensive coordinator Jon Gruden.

His time with the Jets was brief, however, as he was released prior to the season as the Jets elected to go with young guards Randy Thomas (right side, a rookie) and Kerry Jenkins (left side, who moved inside from tackle) and David Loverne (rc). Head coach Bill Parcells criticized Beckles' conditioning during his time in New York. Parcells, however, told Beckles he would keep him as a veteran backup to the young guards. Beckles told Parcells, at that point in his career, his heart was not in the game enough to be a reserve.

After being out of football in 1999, Beckles was in camp with the Broncos for approximately one month as a backup to left guard Mark Schlereth in 2000. Beckles had not played any position in the NFL, except right guard, and retired after suffering severe cramping due to dehydration after filling in for Schlereth in practice.

Publishing[edit]

In addition to his other charitable and private ventures, Beckles is the publisher and editor-in-chief of What's Hot Tampa Bay Magazine, formerly As.I.Be Magazine.