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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
Jobpalooza & Career Services Podcast
Jobpalooza & Career Services Podcast
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Bryan Stifle
Earl C Clements bug eating
Earl C Clements bug eating
Published: 2009/06/09
Channel: Larry Bethea
earl c clements lights out  freestyle
earl c clements lights out freestyle
Published: 2009/06/10
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
Mike Bethea - West Coast All-Star Classic 2014
Mike Bethea - West Coast All-Star Classic 2014
Published: 2014/06/27
Channel: Al Ward
October 10, 2016
October 10, 2016
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Larry Bethea
6 People Who Survived Execution
6 People Who Survived Execution
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Simply6
2010-04-19 CCN Live with Robert Bethea
2010-04-19 CCN Live with Robert Bethea
Published: 2012/12/06
Channel: Crown City Network
Sonny Liston Hammers Bethea
Sonny Liston Hammers Bethea
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: sweetfights
Earl C. Clements little sumthing
Earl C. Clements little sumthing
Published: 2009/06/05
Channel: Larry Bethea
Daniel Prayed
Daniel Prayed
Published: 2015/01/24
Channel: James Flowers
Antoine Bethea- ll "Welcome to AZ" ll Career Highlights
Antoine Bethea- ll "Welcome to AZ" ll Career Highlights
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Red Sea Productions
The Scottsboro Boys Highlights
The Scottsboro Boys Highlights
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: The Old Globe
Osweiler Traded To Browns! | 2017 NFL Free Agency Signings #3
Osweiler Traded To Browns! | 2017 NFL Free Agency Signings #3
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: 2Code Red4U
Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage  3-30-2014
Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage 3-30-2014
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: Dave Cash
Praise Break At Mt.Olive 3-24-13
Praise Break At Mt.Olive 3-24-13
Published: 2013/12/05
Channel: Satia Be
The Scottsboro Boys Preview
The Scottsboro Boys Preview
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: The Old Globe
Rainier Beach press conference
Rainier Beach press conference
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Josh Liebeskind
Sarah Palin on Larry King
Sarah Palin on Larry King
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: Keith Bethea
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
My NFL Top 100 Players Of 2017: IN DESCRIPTION
My NFL Top 100 Players Of 2017: IN DESCRIPTION
Published: 2017/06/17
Channel: choo choo highlights
The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh
The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: corbettreport
Hello, Dolly! at TBTS Music Video
Hello, Dolly! at TBTS Music Video
Published: 2010/07/13
Channel: Jessica Wockenfuss
Larry Fitzgerald- ll "Underdog" ll 2016-17 Highlights
Larry Fitzgerald- ll "Underdog" ll 2016-17 Highlights
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: Red Sea Productions
Erin Bethea: Movies With Meaning (Randy Robison / LIFE Today)
Erin Bethea: Movies With Meaning (Randy Robison / LIFE Today)
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: lifetodaytv
Facing The Giants - Official Trailer
Facing The Giants - Official Trailer
Published: 2013/05/30
Channel: DavidMarquezLH
Allie Bethea - Voice-Over Actress with Wriser and Associates
Allie Bethea - Voice-Over Actress with Wriser and Associates
Published: 2012/09/06
Channel: Larry Wriser
Ima take eggs!!!!
Ima take eggs!!!!
Published: 2016/01/31
Channel: Emmanuel Bethea
Around The Way with Mark Gray
Around The Way with Mark Gray
Published: 2008/07/20
Channel: MLBMarkG
Mica Bethea BigBand "Coal" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Coal" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "The Days of Wine and Roses" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "The Days of Wine and Roses" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Frahm Out Of Nowhere" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Frahm Out Of Nowhere" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Tenderly" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Tenderly" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Jonesin
Mica Bethea BigBand "Jonesin' For Thad" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Outskirts" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Outskirts" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "The Necessary Blonde" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "The Necessary Blonde" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
#MUT25 | BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PACKS | Show Support Save the Titty Meat.
#MUT25 | BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PACKS | Show Support Save the Titty Meat.
Published: 2013/10/04
Channel: TheTexasBoy91
Mica Bethea BigBand: "Frahm Out of Nowhere" live @ UNF 2016
Mica Bethea BigBand: "Frahm Out of Nowhere" live @ UNF 2016
Published: 2016/06/19
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Wind Warriors" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Wind Warriors" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Mica Bethea
Mica Bethea BigBand "Birth Rite" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Birth Rite" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Mica Bethea
Larry Fitzgerald Career Highlights ᴴᴰ
Larry Fitzgerald Career Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Collin Telesz
NFL 49ers Supporters Have Many Reasons To Expect Success!
NFL 49ers Supporters Have Many Reasons To Expect Success!
Published: 2015/07/03
Channel: Ronbo Sports
Gospel Announcers Guild Power Radio Panel - Convention 2012
Gospel Announcers Guild Power Radio Panel - Convention 2012
Published: 2012/07/15
Channel: humilitee123
Mica Bethea BigBand "Isotope" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Mica Bethea BigBand "Isotope" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: Mica Bethea
Elephant Larry presents The WOW (Original Pilot)
Elephant Larry presents The WOW (Original Pilot)
Published: 2010/02/22
Channel: Elephant Larry
Ringer$ Episode 2   The Other Side
Ringer$ Episode 2 The Other Side
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: larrydaggett
Team 11 VS Team 16 NJ Spring 13
Team 11 VS Team 16 NJ Spring 13'
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: ScoutsFocusEvents
Graham Central Station  -  The Jam
Graham Central Station - The Jam
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: AuntieSoul34
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Larry Bethea
No. 76
Position: Defensive end / Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-07-21)July 21, 1956
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Date of death: April 23, 1987(1987-04-23) (aged 30)
Place of death: 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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