(Bobby Beathard, Bruce Allen photos courtesy of Washington Redskins)
Talk of Fame Network
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will propose two contributor candidates for the Class of 2017, and the smart money says that former Washington and San Diego general manager Bobby Beathard is one of them.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. But it does mean that most persons in and around the Hall’s board of selectors believe that maybe, just maybe, this is Beathard’s year.
Washington president Bruce Allen isn’t on that board. But, if he were, he’d make Bobby Beathard one of the nominees. In fact, on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast, Allen all but offered Beathard’s name for Hall-of-Fame induction.
“I think he’s a perfect fit for the Hall of Fame,” he said. “The Hall did a great justice for itself adding (former GMs) Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and Bobby hasn’t had to take a back seat to anyone. His contributions to Super Bowl champions, as well as a contributor for just conference champions, it would be a well- deserved honor.”
As Washington’s general manager from 1978-88, Beathard assembled a team that went to four conference championship games and three Super Bowls, winning two of them, and that was 11-3 in the playoffs. Shortly after he resigned, the Redskins won a third Lombardi trophy (1991) with many of the players Beathard brought to the team.
But that’s not all. He left Washington for San Diego, and within five years of his arrival, the Bolts were in the Super Bowl, too — their only Super Bowl appearance ever. In all, Beathard was involved with four teams in his career that went to seven Super Bowls.
“We strongly believe that Bobby belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame,” said Allen. “His contribution to the entire NFL … with seven Super Bowls to his credit … he’s in rare company … Bobby’s more than just his Redskins’ legacy. And you have to tip your hat to Bobby for hiring Joe Gibbs.”
Gibbs not only won three Super Bowls in four tries with Washington, but won all three with different quarterbacks and was named to the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. If Beathard were nominated and elected, he’d become the sixth member of the 1981-88 Redskins to be enshrined.