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Terry Beasley

Wide Receiver

Terry Paul Beasley

Inducted 2002

Date of Birth



Montgomery, AL


Auburn University (1969-1971)


Terry Beasley was one half of one of college football's greatest pass combinations. Beasley was a unanimous All-American and the primary target for quarterback Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner. That season Beasley finished eighth in the Heisman voting as he caught 55 Sullivan spirals, with a dozen going for touchdowns. That fall the Auburn campus was flooded with "Super Sully and Terry Terrific" bumper stickers. The Tigers contended for the national championship in 1971, winning the first nine games of the season before losing to equally undefeated Alabama in the final game of the regular season. While Beasley is best remembered for his 1971 senior season, yardage-wise he was a better player as a junior for Coach Shug Jordan, as he gained 1051 yards exceeding his senior total by over 200 yards. His 20.2 yards per catch average tied an NCAA record. As a junior he won the first of two consecutive All-Conference honors and was recognized nationally as a second-team All-America. His career average of 17.8 yards per catch and his per-game average of 83.9 yards receiving were SEC records. Beasley was also the holder of numerous Auburn marks for career receiving yards, touchdown receptions and 100-yard receiving games. "He was way ahead of his time," recalled Sullivan. "He was as fast as anyone playing the game. But the thing that really set him apart was that he was awfully, awfully, strong." Beasley was a first round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers, where he played for four seasons before injuries forced his retirement.


Height 5'11

Weight 186

Career Highlights

  • 1971 All-Conference
  • 1971 Unanimous All-America
  • 1970 All-Conference
  • 1970 Second Team All-America
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