The football community mourns the loss of Terry Beasley, a legendary Auburn wide receiver and College Football Hall of Fame member. Beasley passed away at his Moody home, and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. He was 73 years old.
Born in Montgomery, Beasley played for Auburn from 1968 to 1971, alongside Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan. He was known for his exceptional speed and strength, making him one of college football's greatest pass targets. Beasley's achievements earned him a spot in the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame in 2002.
During his time at Auburn, Beasley set numerous records that still stand today, including career receiving yards, most touchdown receptions, and most 100-yard games. He was a two-time All-Conference selection and a consensus All-American in 1971.
After his college career, Beasley was drafted in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft and played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1972 to 1975. Unfortunately, his professional career was cut short due to at least 19 concussions he suffered throughout his playing years. In later years, Beasley faced health problems believed to be linked to these concussions.
Beasley's impact on the football world will never be forgotten. As we mourn his passing, let us also remember the importance of mental health and the struggles that athletes may face even after their playing days are over.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for support. Let us take care of each other and remember the value of compassion and understanding.