Terry Beasley, College Football Hall of Famer and Auburn legend, dead after apparent suicide

Auburn University star receiver and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Beasley has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 73, police said.

Moody Police Chief Reece Smith told The Associated Press that Beasley’s death at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday is being investigated as a possible suicide.

“We received a call at 5:20 p.m. (Wednesday) and officers discovered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Mr. Beasley,” Smith said Thursday.


Auburn Tigers wide receiver Terry Beasley sits on the bench during the 1971 season. (Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Beasley has dealt with the effects of multiple concussions in his past as a soccer player.

He was an All-American with the Tigers in 1970 and 1971 and is best remembered as a favorite target of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan.

Beasley caught 52 passes, 11 touchdowns, 1,051 yards, one touchdown, and 95 yards during the 1970 campaign. He had a career-high 12 receiving touchdowns and 846 yards in 1971.

“Pat Sullivan was a leader, a quarterback, a Heisman Trophy winner, but it was Beasley who made the entire passing game successful,” said David Housel, former Auburn athletic director and sports information director. he said in an Auburn post remembering Beasley. “He’s an Auburn legend. He’s the standard by which all other Auburn receivers are measured.”

Beasley’s 2,507 yards and 29 touchdowns remain school records during his three-year career.

“He told Pat, ‘If you throw it, I’ll catch it,'” Housel said. “It was like that. He was running underneath it and making impossible catches.”

Former teammate Terry Henry said, “Terry’s hands were small, but when the ball was coming towards him, he had a good grip on the ball and was trying to get the ball away from him.” I had no intention of separating them,” he added. .

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Members of the Auburn Tigers circle around the logo before a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Michael Chan/Getty Images)

“I was amazed at how he just took one step and exploded. One step and he was gone. It took less than two steps.”

Beasley was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers and played just three seasons in the Bay Area before retiring due to injury in 1975.

Beasley later became a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL over the effects of his brain injury, which was settled in 2016. Beasley claimed he suffered memory loss, anxiety, headaches and insomnia due to his football-related injuries.


In 2022, Beasley will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. His No. 88 jersey was retired by Auburn. It is one of only three numbers to earn that honor, joining Sullivan’s No. 7 and Bo Jackson’s No. 34.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.