Bobby Beathard Donates Artifacts to Hall of Fame

Bobby Beathard Donates Artifacts to Hall of Fame

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Class of 2018 Enshrinee Bobby Beathard has donated a significant amount of artifacts from his own personal collection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fans can view these artifacts at ProFootballHOF.com and the Hall’s social media channels (@ProFootballHOF). These artifacts, along with other artifacts from the Class of 2018, will be placed on display in the museum in a special exhibit so fans can also see the amazing collection in person.

He has donated the following items:

  1. Super Bowl XXII painted game ball presented to Bobby Beathard.
  2. 1994-95 season AFC Championship painted game ball presented to Bobby Beathard.
  3. 2009 1st placed World Bodysurfing Championship Trophy for Men 65 & Up won by Bobby Beathard.
  4. Coffee Mug from 26th Annual Miami Dolphins Kickoff Breakfast in 1992 (20thAnniversary of Perfect Season).
  5. Plaque with news article about Bobby Beathard being Football News’ 1987 Man of the Year.
  6. Plaque awarded to Beathard for his induction into the Cal Poly Mustangs Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.
  7. Framed article titled “Were the 9-1-0 Mustangs of Madden and Beathard Cal Poly’s Best Team?” from 11/4/1995 of the Telegram-Tribune.
  8. 1982 Vincent T. Lombardi Award presented to Bobby Beathard.
  9. Plaque given by the Washington Redskins Alumni Association to Bobby Beathard for his contribution to the 1982 Super Bowl winning Washington Redskins.
  10. Program from the 9th Annual Jr. Rose Bowl Luncheon for Pasadena Quarterbacks on 12/10/1954.
  11. Runner’s bib from 1978 Boston Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  12. Runner’s bib from 1979 Boston Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  13. Runner’s bib from 1980 Boston Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  14. Runner’s bib from 1982 Boston Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  15. Runner’s bib from 1980 Marine Corps Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  16. Runner’s bib from 1981 Marine Corps Marathon worn by Bobby Beathard.
  17. The Washington Times sports section from 2/4/1988 featuring an image of President Reagan with Doug Williams, Steve Hamilton, and Bobby Beathard.
  18. Photo of Bobby Beathard participating in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games torch relay.
  19. Photo of Bobby Beathard smiling for the camera in his 1984 Olympic torch relay uniform.
  20. Newspaper article about Bobby Beathard’s participation in the 1984 Olympic torch relay.
  21. Print of the 1957 and 1958 Cal Poly Football teams titled “California Poly: Two Great Years”.
  22. Goal Post magazine article from 11/28/1957 featuring an image of Bobby Beathard running with the ball for Cal Poly.
  23. Photo of Bobby Beathard running with the ball for Cal Poly (image featured in article above).
  24. Photo of the 1981 Washington Redskins staff during training camp in Carlisle, PA at Rillos’ restaurant.
  25. Newspaper clipping titled “Bears’ New QB Bob Beathard”.
  26. Newspaper clipping titled “Gillman Names Starting Charger Lineup for Eagle Rock AC Scrum” from 7/29/1960.
  27. Newspaper clipping from 11/26/1953 featuring an image of the El Segundo Eagle Varsity squad receiving awards. Bobby Beathard received Most Valuable Varsity Player.

Bobby Beathard was a highly-regarded personnel administrator during his 33-year career which included stints with the Kansas City Chiefs (1966-67), Atlanta Falcons (1968-1971), Miami Dolphins (1972-77), Washington Redskins (1978-1988) and San Diego Chargers (1990-99).

Beathard, a longtime general manager and personnel administrator, played an integral role in the success of each of these franchises. He began his career as a part-time scout for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963, but left to scout for the American Football League before returning to the Chiefs in 1966 when the team played in Super Bowl I. In 1972, Beathard was named director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins before the Washington Redskins hired him as general manager in 1978.

His visionary thinking soon became a template for the NFL where first-round draft picks were weapons to be used in trades. His keen sense for talent was apparent on each team, but especially in 1982 when the Redskins Super Bowl-winning team included 27 free agents signed by Beathard since he joined the team. In his 11 years in Washington, the Redskins had only three first-round picks. The team went to the Super Bowl three times and won twice.

Collectively, his teams won 10 division titles, seven league/conference championships and four Super Bowls – Super Bowls VII and VIII with Miami and Super Bowls XVII and XXII with Washington.

Beathard was hired as general manager of the Chargers in 1990 and immediately brought hope to a city hungry for a winner. In just his third season in San Diego, the organization won its first AFC Western Division championship in more than a decade and by 1994, the team made its first Super Bowl appearance.

New Artifacts Received


Highlights from the artifacts donated to the Hall by Class of 2018 enshrinee Bobby Beathard - 1 of his 4 Boston Marathon runner tags, an official game ball from Super Bowl XXII for the @redskins victory and an official game ball from the 1995 AFC Championship Game win by the @chargers. #PFHOF18

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