Former general manager Bobby Beathard is the contributor nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and, as a tribute to him, we reprint a State Your Case — first published in 2015 — arguing for his inclusion.
During Pat Bowlen’s 32-year tenure as owner, the Denver Broncos have enjoyed more winning seasons (21) and won more games (320) than any other NFL team. The Broncos have won 13 division titles, seven AFC championships and three Lombardi Trophies.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame created the contributor committee in 2015 to provide a pathway to Canton for worthy candidates whose impact on the game came off the field. The committee has nominated five candidates in the last three years: general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Jerry Jones, and …
Bobby Beathard served as a scout for a Super Bowl team at Kansas City (1966), player personnel director for two more Super Bowl teams in Miami (1972-72) and finally general manager of Super Bowl teams at Washington (1982, 1983, 1987) and San Diego (1994).
The Pro Football Hall of Fame introduced a contributor category in 2015 and all three of the candidates nominated since then have been enshrined in Canton: general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf in 2015 and owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. in 2016. Who will be next in 2017?
Joe Jacoby protected Washington quarterbacks from some of the most accomplished pass rushers in NFL history: Hall of Famers Reggie White, Bruce Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Lee Roy Selmon, Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Rickey Jackson, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley and Derrick Thomas.