April 3, 1944 |
Wildwood, New Jersey
|Honors||AFL Champion, 1968
World Champion 1968 season
|AFL New York Jets
NFL Boston Patriots
NFL New England Patriots
Randy Beverly (born April 3, 1944) is a former professional American football player. He played cornerback for the American Football League's New York Jets and is best known for making two key interceptions that helped the Jets to their historic victory in Super Bowl III in 1969.
Beverly grew up in Wildwood in southern New Jersey. He attended Wildwood High School, where he won the state long jump championship. He attended junior college in Trinidad, Colorado, where he was a junior college All-American. He later attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he played football. At Colorado State, he returned a kick-off for 99 yards.
Considered too small to play professional football, Beverly was passed up in the 1967 NFL Draft. He signed with the Jets as rookie free agent in the fall of 1967. He received a signing bonus of $500 and a one-year contract of $12,500. In 1968, Beverly became the starting cornerback of the Jets. The team went 11-3, winning the American Football League East division. They defeated the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship game and faced the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League in Super Bowl III.
Third AFL-NFL World Championship Game
The Jets had managed a solid defense throughout the season, but going into Super Bowl III, the Jets passing defense was not considered particularly strong. With the Jets installed as an 18-point underdog, Beverly's small stature made him a main target of Colts' quarterback Earl Morrall. However, Beverly put together a remarkable performance, becoming the first player ever to record two interceptions in a Super Bowl.
In the first quarter, the Colts drove down the field, seemingly fulfilling the predictions about their offensive prowess. Reaching the Jets' 10-yard-line, Morrall threw a pass into the end zone, but the pass bounced off a Jets lineman, then hit the shoulder pads of Colts tight end Tom Mitchell. Beverly tracked the ball and caught it in the end zone, ending the Colts first drive.
The Jets defense continued to stymie the Colts for the rest of the first half, shutting them out and prompting the insertion of Colt legend Johnny Unitas at quarterback. Driving the Colts down the field and poised to score the team's first touchdown of the game, Unitas threw a crossing pattern to one of his wide receiver's in the end zone, but Beverly stepped in front and caught the ball in the end zone, downing it for a touchback. While the Colts managed to score a late touchdown, the Jets' 16-7 triumph is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of professional sports in the United States.
Beverly played a third season with the Jets in 1969. In 1970 the Jets traded Beverly to the San Diego Chargers for wide receiver Richard Trapp. He was waived by the Chargers and later signed by the Boston Patriots, where he played on special teams. Although his two interceptions were among the most dramatic in the history of postseason NFL play, he intercepted only four passes during the rest of his NFL career. He later played in the World Football League with former Jet Super Bowl alumni Gerry Philbin, George Sauer, Jr., John Dockery, and Vito (Babe) Parilli with the New York Stars.
Beverly now lives in Monroe Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey. He regularly attends home games of the New York Jets at Giants Stadium with other Jets alumni. He is a husband, father, and grandfather of six. Grandchildren's names are from oldest to youngest; Sean,Vanessa, Briana, Victoria, Brittany, and Stefania . One of his son, Randy Beverly Jr. is Head Coach of an American Football team in Italy, the Milano Rams.
- Randy Beverly profile, database Football. Accessed June 14, 2007.
- Todaro, Vincent. "Former Jets star enjoys retirement in Monroe: Randy Beverly, now 57, was a key player for the Jets in Super Bowl III", East Brunswick Sentinel, July 13, 2001. Accessed June 14, 2007. "Monroe Township resident Randy Beverly may have been only 5 feet 11 inches tall and 190 pounds, but to Baltimore Colts quarterbacks in Super Bowl III, he was a monster."
- The Sentinel:Randy Beverly
- New England Patriots 1971 press release on Randy Beverly
- SI.com: 10 most unexpected pro football postseason heroes