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Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #46 - The Aimlessness of Larry Bethea
Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #46 - The Aimlessness of Larry Bethea
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Crime in Sports Podcast
Larry Bethea: Football Defensive End and Defensive Tackle
Larry Bethea: Football Defensive End and Defensive Tackle
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: WhoWhat
Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson vs.  Larry Bethea , Forest City, NC 1991
Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson vs. Larry Bethea , Forest City, NC 1991
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Kevin Hudson
Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #46 - The Aimlessness of Larry Bethea
Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #46 - The Aimlessness of Larry Bethea
Published: 2017/10/14
Channel: pussy grinder
6 People Who Survived Execution
6 People Who Survived Execution
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Simply6
October 10, 2017
October 10, 2017
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: Larry Bethea
Washing clothes so you can lay ...... If you only knew me....
Washing clothes so you can lay ...... If you only knew me....
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Larry Bethea
earl c clements lights out  freestyle
earl c clements lights out freestyle
Published: 2009/06/10
Channel: Larry Bethea
Earl C. Clements little sumthing
Earl C. Clements little sumthing
Published: 2009/06/05
Channel: Larry Bethea
New Censation with Larry Brown - He Who Hath Ears To Hear Parts 1 and 2 (1972)
New Censation with Larry Brown - He Who Hath Ears To Hear Parts 1 and 2 (1972)
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: The70sPopCultureBox
Larry banks USKA
Larry banks USKA
Published: 2014/03/20
Channel: Larry banks
October 10, 2016
October 10, 2016
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Larry Bethea
October 10, 2016
October 10, 2016
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Larry Bethea
Earl C Clements bug eating
Earl C Clements bug eating
Published: 2009/06/09
Channel: Larry Bethea
Neighborhoods 10: Rich Family Cutaways; Larry Lamb and Herbie Williams (1985)
Neighborhoods 10: Rich Family Cutaways; Larry Lamb and Herbie Williams (1985)
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: Detroit Historical Society
Larry Wilson drum solo @TheParlour
Larry Wilson drum solo @TheParlour
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: drumnkeyz86
Larry Brihm Highlights 2011 Village Academy
Larry Brihm Highlights 2011 Village Academy
Published: 2011/12/04
Channel: sportslight2011
Larry Lemery and Brandt Taylor jam on War Pigs w JC
Larry Lemery and Brandt Taylor jam on War Pigs w JC
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: Bette Spinale
Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage  3-30-2014
Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage 3-30-2014
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: Dave Cash
Ill. Potentate Noble Larry D. Cotton (Khufu Temple No. 120) Annual Charity Ball (3 of 4)
Ill. Potentate Noble Larry D. Cotton (Khufu Temple No. 120) Annual Charity Ball (3 of 4)
Published: 2012/07/30
Channel: Adell D. Perry
Jobpalooza & Career Services Podcast
Jobpalooza & Career Services Podcast
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Bryan Stifle
Larry Fitzgerald Career Highlights ᴴᴰ
Larry Fitzgerald Career Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Collin Telesz
Ill. Potentate Noble Larry D. Cotton (Khufu Temple No. 120) Annual Charity Ball (4 of 4)
Ill. Potentate Noble Larry D. Cotton (Khufu Temple No. 120) Annual Charity Ball (4 of 4)
Published: 2012/07/31
Channel: Adell D. Perry
Kevin Hudson with AtlantaLive
Kevin Hudson with AtlantaLive
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: Kevin Hudson
Larry Bird thinks this era of the NBA might be the best one ever
Larry Bird thinks this era of the NBA might be the best one ever
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: Uncensored
Larry Birdsong   Since you left me behind
Larry Birdsong Since you left me behind
Published: 2013/06/07
Channel: Eric Sempels
70 Round of 128 - tristen moran (OKST/Cowboy WC) vs. Larry Early (Virginia Beach Regional Trainin...
70 Round of 128 - tristen moran (OKST/Cowboy WC) vs. Larry Early (Virginia Beach Regional Trainin...
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: USA Wrestling
"The Catch" Cowboys vs. 49ers 1981 NFC Championship | NFL Full Game
"The Catch" Cowboys vs. 49ers 1981 NFC Championship | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: NFL
Da Jigg
Da Jigg
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Pensacola Pelicans Negro Baseball League Night
Pensacola Pelicans Negro Baseball League Night
Published: 2010/08/13
Channel: PensacolaPelicansPla
Family Issues
Family Issues
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
You
You're the One I Want
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
True Crime - Small Town Murder Podcast - Ep#23 - A Nasty Pair Of Murders in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
True Crime - Small Town Murder Podcast - Ep#23 - A Nasty Pair Of Murders in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: Small Town Murder - True Crime All Time
Miss You
Miss You
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
What It Seems
What It Seems
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
My Life
My Life
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Destined To Be
Destined To Be
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
M.O.N.E.Y.
M.O.N.E.Y.
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Go Girl
Go Girl
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
What If
What If
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Power Move
Power Move
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Bad Lil Something
Bad Lil Something
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Tha Fam - Topic
Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #83 - The Evasiveness of Kenneth Eriksson
Documentary - Crime in Sports - Episode #83 - The Evasiveness of Kenneth Eriksson
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Crime in Sports Podcast
Bro. Larry Frazier - Sound Doctrine
Bro. Larry Frazier - Sound Doctrine
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: newgenchristian
Sarah Palin on Larry King
Sarah Palin on Larry King
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: Keith Bethea
"Tenderly" arr./performed by Larry McKenna - The Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra (2015)
"Tenderly" arr./performed by Larry McKenna - The Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra (2015)
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: skimmie55
Dance of the Motherland feat. Larry Wilson & John Lumpkin (Iron Sharpens Iron Drum duets pt.2)
Dance of the Motherland feat. Larry Wilson & John Lumpkin (Iron Sharpens Iron Drum duets pt.2)
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: drumnkeyz86
70 Consi of 64 #2 - Geordan Martinez (OKST/Cowboy WC) vs. Larry Early (Virginia Beach Regional Tr...
70 Consi of 64 #2 - Geordan Martinez (OKST/Cowboy WC) vs. Larry Early (Virginia Beach Regional Tr...
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: USA Wrestling
Larry Wilson and Truth Serum Snippet @ Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2015
Larry Wilson and Truth Serum Snippet @ Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2015
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: Truth Music Productions
Kiba Dachi moves - done by Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson
Kiba Dachi moves - done by Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: Kevin Hudson
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Larry Bethea
No. 76
Position: Defensive end / Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1956-07-21)July 21, 1956
Florence, South Carolina
Died: April 23, 1987(1987-04-23) (aged 30)
Hampton, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Ferguson (VA)
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 81
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Larry Bethea (July 21, 1956 – April 24, 1987) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He later played for the Michigan Panthers, Oakland Invaders and Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League. He played college football at Michigan State University. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound within hours of being identified as a suspect in two armed robberies.[1]

Early years[edit]

Bethea was a standout for Ferguson High School, playing both ways as an offensive end and defensive end. He was a Parade All-American and a Group AAA All-state selection in 1973.[2] He also was a distinguished student that received football scholarship offers from Harvard and Yale.

He accepted a scholarship to play for Michigan State University, where he began as a tight end until being converted into a defensive tackle during his sophomore season.

His 1977 season was arguably the greatest ever by a Michigan State football player, when he totaled 45 solo tackles, 45 assisted tackles and 16 sacks, becoming such a dominant force that he was the first defensive player to receive Big Ten Conference MVP honors since Dick Butkus in 1964.

Bethea finished his college career as a three-year starter, with school records in: career sacks (33), career tackles for loss (43) and sacks in a season (16).[3]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Looking for an eventual successor to either Harvey Martin or Ed "Too Tall" Jones, the Dallas Cowboys selected Bethea in the first round (28th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft.[4]

In 1979, after Jones retired to pursue a boxing career, Bethea competed for the starting left defensive end role, but the job went to Larry Cole and he was moved to defensive tackle, where he could not move ahead of Dave Stalls on the depth chart.

Bethea continued to play as a backup at defensive end and defensive tackle, but his production began to dwindle as his personal problems and addictions grew. Although he remained with the Cowboys for six years, he failed to become a starter and live up to his potential.

Bethea's most notable play was stopping Los Angeles Rams' fullback Jim Jodat at the Cowboys' 11 yard line on fourth and one during the third quarter of the 1978 NFC Championship game.[5] In the 1981 NFC Championship game, Joe Montana released the pass over Bethea's stretched arms that Dwight Clark would make "The Catch" on, to propel the San Francisco 49ers to a 28-27 win.[6]

Michigan Panthers (USFL)[edit]

In December 1983, Bethea signed as a free agent with the Michigan Panthers of the now-defunct United States Football League, receiving a three-year guaranteed contract.[7] His personal problems continued with the Panthers,[8] as he was suspended on different occasions.

In 1985, after the Panthers merged with the Oakland Invaders, and the Invaders was the lone surviving team, Bethea was traded to the Houston Gamblers in exchange for a draft choice.[9]

Houston Gamblers (USFL)[edit]

In April 1985, he was released by the Houston Gamblers because of his inconsistent play and tardiness.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bethea was rumored to have a drug abuse problem dating back to his college days, and cocaine addiction was blamed for the problems he had during his adult life.

His troubles with the law began in 1985 when he pleaded guilty to setting three fires in Mount Rainier National Park in Paradise Washington. He was ordered to pay $1,000 to the park to cover the cost of fighting the fires.[11]

In 1986, he was jailed on charges of assaulting his wife and stealing his mother's life savings of $64,000. In 1987, he was given a suspended four-year prison term for stealing. The judge also ordered Bethea to serve two years on probation while repaying the money.[12]

In the final incident, on April 23, 1987, police were called by an unidentified source who said the former football player had robbed two convenience stores. Bethea, 30, was later found in a friend's backyard with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right temple and a .38-caliber automatic pistol near his body. He was taken to Hampton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m. The gun used in the shooting and the two robberies was believed to be a weapon that was reported stolen from a parked vehicle in the city.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bethea Apparent Suicide, AP Published: April 24, 1987 - New York Times
  2. ^ "84 More Blast From The Past". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MSU's top 50 football players: No. 27 Larry Bethea". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys Not Impressed With Draft Offers". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cowboys Drill Los Angeles". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Famous Play Lives On". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cowboys' Bethea USFL-bound". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Panthers Reinstated". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bethea goes from Invaders to Gamblers". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bethea Admits To Theft From Mother". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ex-cowboy Charged With Setting Park Fires". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bethea Pleads Guilty". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bethea takes own life". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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