Terry Beeson to be Inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

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Beeson200_0610Former Seahawks linebacker Terry Beeson (1977 – 1981) joins ten other former Kansas athletes named to the 2015 State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, Beeson had one of the most heralded football careers in University of Kansas history. Beeson was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Jayhawks and led the team in tackles in both 1975 and 1976. Following his senior year in 1976, he was invited and played in the Blue-Grey game, the East-West Shrine game, and the Senior Bowl. He was also selected as an All-Big 8 selection in 1976.

Beeson200_02_0610Beeson was drafted in the second round (41st pick) of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Seahawks, where he played four seasons. He lead the team in tackles for three seasons from 1977 to 1979, and he still holds several team tackle records, including single season tackles (158) and single game tackles (18).

He finished his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1982, and went on to play in the USFL with the Oklahoma Outlaws in 1984 and the Jacksonville Bulls in 1985.

After retiring as a player, Beeson became an assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College under 2004 Kentuck Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Foster before serving as the Athletic Director at Coffeyville Community College for ten years.

The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at the Wichita Boathouse. The eleven-person class raises the total number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 248. The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is in its 54th year of operation.