Beasley Reece

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Beasley Reece
No. 82, 28, 43
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1954-03-18) March 18, 1954 (age 64)
Waco, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: La Vega (Waco, Texas)
College: North Texas State
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 9 / Pick: 264
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 117
Games started: 91
Interceptions: 18
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Beasley Young Reece, Jr. (born March 18, 1954 in Waco, Texas) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at North Texas State University.

Early years[edit]

Reese attended La Vega High School, where he played as a cornerback. He walked-on at North Texas State University in the spring of 1972.

The next year he played part-time. As a junior, he became a starter at left cornerback and had 2 interceptions. As a senior he posted 2 interceptions.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Reece was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round (264th overall) of the 1976 NFL draft. The team drafted him as an athlete, so he spent his first weeks in training camp as a cornerback, before being switched to wide receiver.[1] Playing against the New Orleans Saints in week 2, he registered his only NFL reception, which went for 6 yards, but also fumbled on the play.

The next year he requested the opportunity to compete at cornerback. He was waived on September 12, 1977.[2]

New York Giants[edit]

On September 14, 1977, the New York Giants claimed him off waivers to play as a defensive back.[3] He became the starter at strong safety in 1978, before being switched to free safety in 1981.[4]

In 1983, he asked for his release after rookie Terry Kinard was given the starting free safety position and he was cut on October 17.[5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him off waivers on October 18, 1983.[6] Despite playing only half of the season (8 starts), he registered 33 tackles, 5 passes defensed and led the team with 6 interceptions. The next year, he started 14 games at free safety, finishing with 70 tackles, 12 passes defensed, one interception and 7 special teams tackles. He was waived on September 2, 1985.[7]

TV Broadcast[edit]

After his retirement from playing Reece worked as a color commentator for NFL coverage on NBC and CBS, and served as an analyst for the 1992 Summer Olympics for NBC. During this time, he was the sports director for WVIT (NBC-30) in Hartford, Connecticut. He would also work in at WTOG Tampa Bay. When he came to CBS, he joined KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and became their Sports Director, a position he has had since July 1998. Reece is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.[8][9]

In 2012, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Reece into their Hall of Fame.

On July 1, 2015, Reece was fired from KYW along with evening anchor Chris May and chief meteorologist Kathy Orr as a new general manager decided to take the Eyewitness News program in a different direction.

Personal life[edit]

Reese and his wife Paula have been married since 1978. They have 2 children. Reese is an avid classical piano player and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He is a cousin of former NFL players Greg Pruitt and Randy Logan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cowboy Changes". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Giants Find Reece Is Versatile Player". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Giants Place Reece On the Waiver List; Club Agrees To Request". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Tampa Claims Reece". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ Halter, Jon C. (Sep 2003). "Meeting in Philadelphia". Scouting Maganize. Boy Scouts of America. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  9. ^ Reece bio at Archived November 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-12-19

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