Bobby Beathard, Hall of Fame NFL executive has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86. He was at home with his son, Casey, in Franklin, Tennessee, his family said.

In addition to his wife, Cristine Van Handel, Beathard is survived by his four children Kurt, Jeff, Casey, and Jaime, his brother, and 13 grandchildren.

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Casey Beathard

Casey Beathard is an American country music songwriter. He has co-written singles for several country music artists, including top ten singles for Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Church. He graduated in 1984 from Oakton High School, in Vienna, Virginia. In 1990, he earned a degree in business management from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and played football.

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Casey’s first cut as a songwriter was the title track of Kenny Chesney’s 1998 album I Will Stand. By the 2000s, several other country music artists had recorded his material, including Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Tracy Byrd, and Billy Currington. For his contributions as a songwriter, Beathard received a Songwriter of the Year award from Broadcast Music Incorporated in 2004 and 2008.

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Casey’s son, CJ Beathard, is a backup quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played at the University of Iowa and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2017 NFL draft. Another son, Tucker Beathard, is signed to Dot Records as a recording artist.

Casey’s son Clayton was fatally stabbed during an altercation that started at around 2:50 am Saturday, December 21, 2019, outside of the Dogwood Bar & Grill in Nashville.

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Kurt Beathard

Kurt Beathard is the former Illinois State football offensive coordinator. He previously served as the Redbirds’ offensive coordinator from 2014-15, presiding over two of the most successful offensive seasons in Illinois State football history. Overall, he has 15 years of experience as an FCS offensive coordinator previously serving as offensive coordinator for Gardner-Webb (2012), Eastern Kentucky (2003-06), Bucknell (2002) and Western Carolina (1996-2001). Kurt and his wife, Karen, have three daughters LaRae, Grace and Eva.