Terry Beasley, a former wide receiver for Auburn and member of the college football Hall of Fame, passes away at the age of 73.
AUBURN: Terry Beasley, an icon of Auburn football, passed away on Wednesday night. The football program confirmed his departure on Wednesday night. Details about his passing have surfaced.
The Montgomery Advertiser was informed on Thursday by Moody Police Chief Reece Smith that Beasley’s death is being looked into as a potential suicide at this time. When police arrived at Beasley’s home on Wednesday at around 5:20 p.m. CT, they discovered him “with what looked to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
“He’s been a resident here since I’ve been here,” Beasley, who was 73 years old, was described by Smith. “I know he’s had some struggles over the years with stuff from the NFL.”
Beasley played three seasons (1969–1971) at Auburn, where he broke records as a receiver and assisted former AU quarterback Pat Sullivan in winning the 1971 Heisman Trophy. Sullivan fought cancer for a long time before passing away in December 2019.
Beasley set program records with 2,507 receiving yards and 29 receiving touchdowns during his time with the Tigers. In 1970, he became one of just two Auburn receivers to record a 1,000-yard season with 1,051 yards and 11 touchdowns on 52 receptions.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Beasley in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft. Before having to retire from the pros due to injury, he played in the league for three seasons. According to a 2013 AL.com story, Beasley is thought to have had at least 19 concussions during his professional career.
Beasley had health problems in 2013 and spent time in the intensive care unit: “My father is so sick in the I.C.U. that he needs your help more than ever.” Through the official Auburn Tigers Facebook page, his daughter posted in 2013 that her father was not doing well and that his lungs were not producing enough oxygen. “The performance of his pacemaker is not good. He has suffered years of injuries, torture, and hard work, to the point where his brain is out of control and runs on overload. He can’t possibly manage his discomfort.”
Beasley, Sullivan, and running back Bo Jackson are the three former Tigers whose numbers have been retired. Beasley is a Montgomery native and graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
“Mr. Beasley has been a longtime resident of Moody,” Smith stated. “It breaks our hearts to lose him as a Moody citizen.