Some of us on here actually remember the days when Bobby Beathard was in charge of the Redskins roster that hoisted Lombardi tropies. The rest still know and recognize what he meant to the Washington franchise.
In 1978, Beathard took the job as general manager for the Redskins. In 1981, he would hire a man named Joe Gibbs to be his head coach. The rest, as they say, is history. Art Monk, Gary Clark, Mark May, Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, Darrell Green, Charles Mann...let’s just say that front office made some great picks.
Bobby Beathard started his NFL career in 1963 as a scout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired in 2000 after a stint as general manager for the San Diego Chiefs. In between, his teams participated in SEVEN Super Bowls and hoisted four of those trophies.
He needs 80% of the vote when the full body of 48 selectors meets the day before Super Bowl LII up in Minnesota. It tends to be a rubber stamp process for these kinds of candidates, although Paul Tagliabue did find himself on the outside on the looking in when he needed the same vote to gain entry as a contributor.
Congratulations to the Beathard family, and congratulations to Redskins Nation! This one has been a long time coming, and is well-deserved.