You hear stories about Terry Beasley, who sadly paid a hefty price for football immortality—the 18 concussions over the course of his college and professional career resulted in closed-head injury syndrome—getting knocked out during games. But you maybe thought the whole “had to drag him off the field” thing was just colorful description.
Nope, there’s Pat Sullivan and Robby Roninett dragging Beasley off the field after taking a lick—over-the-head, over-the-middle, dude was fearless—during a 1970 game likely at Legion Field in Birmingham. It’s kind of hard to look at it.
Birmingham News photo via @AU_History.
Related: Listen to 1971’s ‘Sullivan to Beasley Express.’
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Shug’s words to Beasley later were “Hoss, we need you.’
He beat bammer!
This was the 1970 Iron Bowl. Beasley later returned to the game (which would never happen today) and made several big plays to help Auburn come from 17-0 behind to win 33-28. In my book this one ranks behind only Punt Bama Punt and the “Camback” as one of the great AU wins in the series.
Man, I’m from a WHOLE ‘nother philosophy than you, dbau81. I’m a Bama grad and I would hate to think I had to put the so-called, “Punt, Bama, Punt” game anywhere near the top of my favorite Bama wins had the situation been reversed. In fact, I would have punted the game to the curb with a big sigh of relief and rarely mentioned it again. I guess it’s a reflection of the overall difference in the traditional champion Tide – li’l brother Tiger way of thinking. What would be borderline humiliation to us is worthy of eternal gratitude, bragging rights to you.
Well, Southern Shade, if you want to talk philosophy and humiliation, which do you think was more humiliating – winning that Punt Bama Punt game, or losing it? Thanks for sharing, just in the highly unlikely event anyone reading your post cares.