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  Terry Beeson  
 
  • Four-year letterman at KU
  • Drafted in second round of 1978 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks
  • Set Seattle franchise records for single season and single game tackles. 
 
     
Beeson, Terry
Inducted 2015

Born: September 19, 1955 - Coffeyville, KS

Graduated: Coffeyville Field Kindley High School, 1973; University of Kansas, 1977

Overview

A All-State linebacker in high school, Terry Beeson of Coffeyville went on to set both collegiate and professional records on the gridiron at the University of Kansas and with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

College Career

A four-year letterman at the University of Kansas, Beeson led the team in tackles during both his junior and senior seasons in Lawrence. Following his senior year, Beeson was invited to paly in numerous all-star games, including the East-West Shrine Bowl, the Blue-Grey Game, and the Senior Bowl. Beeson was selected in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks as the forty-first overall pick. 

Professional Career

Beeson immediately stepped into a starting role for the Seahawks as a rookie during the 1977-1978 season. His impact on the team was immeasurable as he led the team in tackles as a rookie with 136 tackles, including 110 solo tackles. His biggest moment as a rookie came against the Houston Oilers when Beeson tallied 18 tackles in a single game, setting a Seattle franchise record that remains unbeaten. During his second year in the league, Beeson continued to impress setting another franchise record for tackles in a season with 153 while starting all sixteen games. Beeson played the next two full seasons for the Seahawks without missing a game. In 1982, Beeson signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he played one season before signing with Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1984. In 1985, Beeson completed his final professional football season with the Jacksonville Bulls, also of the USFL.

Post-Playing Career

Beeson's playing career ended following the 1985 season, but his contributions to football in Kansas were far from over. While still a professional player, Beeson began coaching during the offseason in his hometown under the leadership of Coffeyville Community College head coach and 2004 KSHOF Inductee Dick Foster. Beeson's career continued to blossom and culminated with Beeson being named the Athletic Director at Coffeyville Community College in 1990.