To be a “fly on the wall” and hear Bobby Beathard privately talk to owner Jack Kent Cooke about hiring Joe Gibbs as the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins would have been priceless. The conversation went similar to this: “I have a head coach and staff. You probably never heard of him. His name is Joe Gibbs.”
Then Jack Kent Cooke reacted negatively and said something to the effect of: “Who in the hell is Joe Gibbs? When we announce we hired a Joe Gibbs, they will crucify me.” After the Redskins lost their first 5 games, Jack Kent Cooke wanted a meeting with Bobby Beathard and Head Coach Joe Gibbs. He was not a happy camper. But after the Redskins started to win, Cooke was happy and saying: “Joe! You are the coach I always wanted.”
Another controversial move that General Manager Bobby Beathard made was keeping the Defensive Coach and Secondary Coach Richie “The Bone” Petibon in the dark. In the 1983 NFL draft in the 1st round, pick #28, he selected Darrell Green. Now Green was ‘too short to play cornerback in the NFL’ being only 5’8″ tall according to most “football experts.” He was too short and did not fit the mold. During the draft, Bobby Beathard told Richie Petibon he was selecting Darrell Green at pick #28 in the 1st round. Petibon said: “Who the hell is Darrell Green?” Beathard responded: “He is a cornerback at Texas A&M.” Petibon checked Green out and said: “Nobody that little can play in this league.”
By the way, both Joe Gibbs and Darrell Green are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bobby Beathard drafted Art Monk, Joe Jacoby, Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, “Downtown” Charlie Brown, Darrell Green, Charles Mann and Gary Clark in addition to hiring Joe Gibbs as the Head Coach.
Bobby Beathard as the General Manager took our Washington Redskins to three Super Bowls winning two of the three and probably got us the players to win the third Super Bowl. Then Beathard took the San Diego Chargers to their one and only Super Bowl appearance when he was their General Manager.
The bottom line is that in his 38 years in the NFL, his teams competed in seven Super Bowls. His experience began as a scout for the then AFL Kansas City Chiefs. In 1971, he was the Director of Player Personnel for the Miami Dolphins who won two consecutive Super Bowls.
Bobby came up through “the ranks and earned his spurs.” He was active in the NFL when it was the AFL and NFL before the merger. He influenced what the NFL is today and I consider him a genius at player talent evaluation and a pioneer. From 1963 until 2000, he helped achieve greatness for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins.
During his 11 years with our Washington Redskins, they went 11 and 3 in playoff games. They almost averaged 10 wins a season, averaging a .623 ratio. That is almost two of three games won. The Redskins won two of three Super Bowls with Beathard, and the one loss was a fluke as they were the highest scoring offense in the NFL that season. His players won the third Super Bowl under General Manager Charlie Casserly.
Bobby Beathard is one of the 80 Greatest Redskins chosen in 2012, our 80th year in the NFL. Last season, on November 13, 2016 at halftime, Bobby Beathard was honored and inducted into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. He became the 49th member. Considering our Washington Redskins have been in the NFL since 1932, and only 49 people have accomplished being selected to the Ring of Fame shows just how special Bobby Beathard was to the Redskins. In my opinion, Bobby Beathard should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a matter of fact, he is a candidate to be the contributor for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. It is this author’s opinion that Beathard is a very qualified and worthy nominee. I would like to see him get the contributor spot. HTTR.
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