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Bobby Beathard Named To The Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Posted Feb 3, 2018

The former Washington Redskins general manager guided the franchise to a 105-63 record in his 11 seasons. The Redskins also appeared in three Super Bowls during his tenure.

The former Washington Redskins general manager guided the franchise to a 105-63 record in his 11 seasons. The Redskins also appeared in three Super Bowls during his tenure.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday announced the Class of 2018 for enshrinement later this year, and former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard is joining some of the all-time greats.

Beathard was named a contributor finalist after spending the majority of his career in Washington (1978-88) as the Redskins’ general manager.

"Bobby's illustrious NFL career made him truly deserving of this honor, and the entire Washington Redskins family could not be prouder that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has secured the place in history he so rightly deserves," said Redskins owner Dan Snyder. "Bobby was the architect of many of our dearest memories as Redskins fans, and the run of dominance he helped build will always hold a special place in our minds and in our hearts. We cherish his contributions to the Washington Redskins, and we are proud tonight to see that his contributions to the game will be forever immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Added Redskins President Bruce Allen: "I am happy for Bobby and the entire Beathard family upon hearing of this richly deserved honor. His legacy has always lived forever in Redskins history, and I am pleased to see that it will live forever in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well."

Over the course of his 11 seasons in the role, Beathard’s Redskins accumulated a 105-63 regular season record. The team’s winning percentage of .625 was tops in the NFC and second-best in the NFL.

During that time, the Redskins also collected the league’s best postseason record, going 11-3 in the playoffs with three Super Bowl appearances and two titles. The Redskins would win a third Super Bowl after the 1991, with many of the players on that roster brought in by Beathard.

Among the players that Beathard brought to Washington through the NFL Draft includes fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers Art Monk (1980, No. 18 overall), Russ Grimm (1981, No. 69 overall) and cornerback Darrell Green (1983, No. 28). Along with drafting that trio of Pro Football Hall of Famers, Beathard selected fellow Redskins Ring of Fame members Monte Coleman (1979, No. 289), Dexter Manley (1981, No. 119), Charles Mann (1983, No. 84) and Mark Rypien (1986, No. 146).

"Bobby Beathard's induction into the Hall of Fame is well deserved," said Charley Casserly, who worked under Beathard. "He raised the Redskins to a new level of success."

Beathard was in constant pursuit to collect the best possible talent available, leaving no stone unturned.

With a passion for talent evaluation, Beathard spent week after week scouting for players that could fit Washington’s roster.

“I'd…come in [to Redskins Park] Monday and look at the film with the coaches and then I'd be on the road and get back Friday,” Beathard said in 2016. “I had an agreement with the owner that I would come back. I didn't stay out for college games, because we'd always get the film in those days and tapes later of those games so we could review them more closely rather than watching six players in a game when you don't get to re-run it when you're there live.”

Beathard also used each and every round of the NFL Draft to find players that could come in and contribute in some capacity.

"Well my philosophy was always, when we go out to the college and look at the tapes, the agreement we had with our coaches was once we draft these guys forget the round number,” Beathard said. “When they all come from training camp you treat them the same like they're all first rounders and we would just evaluate the players. Like Darrell Green, for example. We had him way higher than the last pick in the draft, last pick in the first round, but we were worried about somebody taking him. But at the same time, we are also thinking his size would keep a lot of teams away from him and it did.”

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