Hall of Fame NFL executive Beathard dies aged 86

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Hall of Fame NFL executive Bobby Beathard has died at the age of 86.

Beathard spent more than three decades as an executive in the league, enjoying 10-year stints as general manager in both Washington and San Diego.

Beathard contributed to four Super Bowl successes overall, overseeing Washington's victories at Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XXII as GM, as well as helping the Miami Dolphins to two triumphs during a spell as director of player personnel.

The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee died aged 86 on Monday as a result of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease.

A statement from the Washington Commanders read: "Bobby was a man of extraordinary class and integrity and was the architect behind the greatest teams in this organisation's history.

"He cared deeply about everyone he worked with and always put the team first. Bobby is rightfully enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Washington Ring of Fame and will go down as one of the greatest executives in NFL history."

Beathard's grandson, quarterback C.J. Beathard, played in four games for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2022 season, having entered the league with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017.