February 2, 2024

REPORT: College Football Legend Dies from Apparent Suicide

In Alabama, one of the biggest legends in college football is Terry Beasley.

Beasley was a star wide receiver for Auburn, one of the best to have ever played the game.

Sadly, he has died, apparently at his own hands, at the age of 73.

Just a Sad Day

Reports started to break on this late Wednesday, being confirmed on Thursday.

Police responded to a call late Wednesday afternoon, discovering Beasley dead.

The police stated, "We got a call at 5:20 (Wednesday) afternoon, and officers found Mr. Beasley with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Auburn athletic director and sports information director David Housel stated, "Pat Sullivan was the leader, the quarterback, the Heisman Trophy winner, but the guy who made that whole passing game go was Beasley.

"He is an Auburn legend. He is the standard by which all other Auburn receivers will be measured."

He later added, "He would tell Pat, 'You throw it, I'll get it.' That's the way it was. He'd run under it and make impossible catches."

Former teammate Terry Henley also chimed in, stating, "Terry's hands were little, but he had this grip on the ball when it came close to him that he was going to get the ball one way or another. You weren't going to pull it away from him.

"I marveled at the way he could explode after one step. One step and he was gone. It didn't take two."

Like many players of that era, Beasley was dealing with the repercussions of repeated concussions during his playing days when he was a true star.

Beasley was a unanimous All-American in 1971, Second-Team All-American in 1970, All-SEC in 1970-71, and Second-Team All-SEC in 1969.

His number, 88, has been retired by the Auburn Tigers.

After his college days, he was drafted in the first round of the 1972 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, all those college injuries started to take their toll, and he only played three years in the pros in a career that was marred by injuries.

Rest in peace, Terry, for you were one of the greats.

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