Former Auburn WR, College HOFer Terry Beasley dies at 73

Auburn legend and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Terry Beasley died Wednesday of an apparent suicide, according to police in Moody, Ala. He was 73.He resided in Moody, where police found him deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Moody Police Chief Reece Smith told AL.com.”He’s been a resident here since I’ve been here,” Smith told the Montgomery Advertiser. “I know he’s had some struggles over the years with stuff from the NFL.”After earning All-Southeastern Conference and All-America honors at Auburn, Beasley was a first-round pick, 19th overall, by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1972 NFL Draft.He played only three seasons, totaling 29 games (six starts), 570 yards and three touchdowns on 38 receptions before retiring because of injuries. He might have suffered at least 19 concussions during his playing career, according to an AL.com article in 2013.His family believed health problems, which led him to be hospitalized in 2013, were linked to the concussions. Beasley was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL, which in court filings noted he suffered “multiple past traumatic brain injuries with symptoms including but not limited to, memory loss, headaches, anxiety and sleeplessness.”The lawsuit led to a comprehensive settlement agreement in 2016.

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