Terry Beasley stands at his home June 20 in Moody. Beasley said he has suffered at least 52 concussions throughout his life. (Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News)
1970 Iron Bowl Terry Beasley
Former Auburn receiver Terry Beasley is drug off the field after being knocked unconscious during the 1970 Iron Bowl against Alabama at Legion Field. After he awoke, Beasley would return to the game.
Terry Beasley puts his hand on his head for a moment at his home June 20 in Moody. (Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News)
Terry Beasley's reflection in a framed drawing of himself on June 20 at his home in Moody. (Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News)
Terry Beasley looks at one of his fruit trees in his backyard on June20 at his home in Moody. (Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News)
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:00 am
MOODY – The man in the grainy black-and-white photo is comatose dead weight. His mouth is gaped, jaw relaxed in lifeless stupor. Teeth are jarred loose. Blood drains from his nose. Heels drag as two comrades tug under his shoulders. He looks like a combat casualty being removed from the battlefield. Only this isn’t war.
It’s the 1970 Iron Bowl, and the gladiator in the ring is Terry Beasley. The greatest wide receiver in Auburn history is unconscious after taking a brain-smashing hit in the middle of the field. He can’t remember the moment. The concussion erased his memory like a damaged hard drive.
Ryan Wood is the Auburn University Sports Beat Writer for the Opelika-Auburn News.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:00 am.