Bobby Beathard served as a scout for the Chiefs as they won the American Football League title and went on to play in the Super Bowl. But Beathard won the four titles on football’s biggest stage in the 1970s in Miami as head of the player department and in the 80s in Washington as general manager.

Beathard was the one who hired the legendary trainer Joe Gibbs in 81 and signed stars like Darrell Green, Russ Grimm and Art Monk. He left the team in the ’90s to become general manager of the Chargers while they were still based in San Diego.

“Bobby was one of the best judges of football talent in NFL history. For most, that alone would be enough. For Bobby Beathard, it doesn’t come close to doing the man justice,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a statement.

“Bobby was who we all want to be – a kind, caring, generous, thoughtful individual who brought people from all walks of life together. He was the best GM in football, but he was also the guy to sit on his surfboard in the ocean, catch waves, go jogging next to, and chat with in the checkout line at the local grocery store. He was the guy you felt like you’d known his whole life, even if it was only five minutes at the gas station. He was a regular guy who was anything but.”

“Bobby was indeed exceptional. He was unique. And he will be missed incredibly. On behalf of my family and the Chargers organization, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to his wife Christine and the entire Beathard family on the loss of one of the greatest players of all time, whether in football or in life.”

Beathard retired from the sport in 2000 and was later inducted as a contributor into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2018).

This article was written by Madeline Coleman

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The original of this article “Four-time Super Bowl champion dies at the age of 86” comes from Sports Illustrated Germany.