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By Posted on: June 11th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 7 Comments »
Terry Beasley

There is no single other word to better describe Terry Beasley, TOUGH. He recently proved it again by going home from the hospital when he had to be hooked up to every manner of tube just to keep him alive. It was reported that the outpouring of support and love from the Auburn faithful while he was in the hospital lifted his spirits enough to pull him through the ordeal. One more win for the AU family. Let’s go back and see just how special and tough he was.

Terry was born in Montgomery on Feb. 5, 1950. His father, a firefighter, struggled with alcohol and was often abusive to his family. He went to Robert E. Lee High School and was a star player recruited by both Auburn and Alabama. Bear want him badly and had him to his house several times. In his autobiography Terry admitted that Auburn and Alabama both offered “financial inducements” to him but Bama was much more generous. Surprise, Surprise!

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Remember, I said he was tough.

He was a country boy and heart and felt uneasy around the “rich kids” at Bama and fell in love with the friendly attitude at Auburn.Another big part in his decision was that Pat Sullivan was going to be slinging the ball at Auburn for the next few years and the pair  had already shown some of the now famous “Sullivan to Beasley” magic in a High School All Star game by hooking up for three touchdowns.

Bryant said he had never seen his equal as a pass receiver and Georgia coach Vince Dooley called him the “boy wonder”.

In those days freshman were not eligible for the varsity, but Sullivan and Beasley gave a preview of things to come when they led the freshman team to a come from behind victory over the freshman team from Alabama. 

In 1970, Auburn trailed Alabama 17-0 when Beasley was knocked cold on a vicious hit by Bamas Tommy Wade. The Birmingham News ran a photo of Sullivan and Robby Robinett dragging Beasley off the field with his eyes shut and his mouth gaping open. In just a few minutes, he put his helmet back on, returned to the game, and turned in a highlight reel performance, 9 catches plus a 42 yard end around to lead Auburn to a 33-28 comeback win. Did I say he was tough?

Terry Beasley 2In the Tennessee game he was flipped on his head by Bobby Majors but stayed in the game. Majors told Sports Illustrated, “I knew he was hurt. When he got up his eyes were glazed. And he hung around our defensive huddle for a moment before wandering over to his own side.” Beasley was double teamed the rest of the game which allowed Sullivan and receiver Dick Schmalz to burn the Vols and complete another comeback win. A Vol player is reported to have said, “Damn that Beasley. Why did he have to come to.” I think I mentioned he was tough.

His numbers, 141 receptions, 2507 yards, 29 touchdowns, College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, and 19 concussions which ultimately proved to be reason for the decline in his overall health. Most of the concussions occurred after he was drafted number 19 by the 49’ers in the first round during a 3 year NFL career.

He said he wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread on the Auburn Turf and he told the API, “But in a way, I feel like I’ve left parts of my body on football fields all over the place already”

It was last reported that he is at home and holding his own, showing how tough he really is just one more time.

Boys and girls, Terry Beasley is TOUGH!!!

 

Stop me if you have heard this one.

Santa, the Easter Bunny, an intelligent Alabama football player and a drunk are walking down the street. They spot a $50 bill on the ground. Who ends up with the $50. The drunk, the other three are fictional characters.

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  1. DBAU81 says:

    Terry Beasley is and probably always will be the greatest wide receiver in Auburn history. In those two games you mentioned, Alabama and Tennessee, not only did he return after being knocked out, he made key plays to contribute to huge wins. That could never happen today because he would not be allowed to go back into the game. Part of his legacy will be helping to make the game safer for today’s players by raising awareness of the long-term consequences of repeated head trauma.

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    In the late 60′s a certain little kid from small town Alabama thought Terry Beasley and Pat Sullivan were super heroes….and they were.

    Terry Beasley was phenominal. He would have been a super star in any era of football. Tough as nails, fast, ran great routes. Wes Welker with much better hands.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Well put Third Gen.

      Beasley was great then and he would be great now! We need to keep this Auburn man in our thoughts and prayers.

      Enjoyed this one MyAuburn – great tribute.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Amen! So when my son got to see Darvin Adams and Cam Newton… i thought the comparison was pretty close…. only its hard to explain to a ten year old why AU didn’t win a national title with #7 and #88. Supermen they will always be.

      War Eagle

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I’m so happy that we are getting control over the head trauma issues….then hopefully amazing players, like Terry Beasley, will stay healthy throughout their prime.

    Another great read!

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      During those days, helmet technology was not nearly as advanced as it is today. If Terry had had todays headgear who knows how many less bell ringers there would have been.

  4. daledotwd says:

    My son wore #88 until he outgrew it and now my grandson wears is.
    WDE to Terry