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Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson vs.  Larry Bethea , Forest City, NC 1991
Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson vs. Larry Bethea , Forest City, NC 1991
DATE: 2013/01/03::
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earl c clements lights out  freestyle
earl c clements lights out freestyle
DATE: 2009/06/09::
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Earl C. Clements little sumthing
Earl C. Clements little sumthing
DATE: 2009/06/05::
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Earl C Clements bug eating
Earl C Clements bug eating
DATE: 2009/06/08::
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Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage  3-30-2014
Robbie and Chelsey Picture Collage 3-30-2014
DATE: 2014/04/02::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Coal" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Coal" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/04::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Outskirts" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Outskirts" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Jonesin
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Jonesin' For Thad" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/03::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "The Days of Wine and Roses" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "The Days of Wine and Roses" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/03::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Birth Rite" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Birth Rite" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/04::
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Mike Bethea - West Coast All-Star Classic 2014
Mike Bethea - West Coast All-Star Classic 2014
DATE: 2014/06/27::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Wind Warriors" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Wind Warriors" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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2010-04-19 CCN Live with Robert Bethea
2010-04-19 CCN Live with Robert Bethea
DATE: 2012/12/05::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Frahm Out Of Nowhere" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Frahm Out Of Nowhere" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Isotope" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Isotope" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/15::
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Around The Way with Mark Gray
Around The Way with Mark Gray
DATE: 2008/07/19::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "The Necessary Blonde" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "The Necessary Blonde" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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Allie Bethea - Voice-Over Actress with Wriser and Associates
Allie Bethea - Voice-Over Actress with Wriser and Associates
DATE: 2012/09/06::
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The Mica Bethea BigBand "Tenderly" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
The Mica Bethea BigBand "Tenderly" 2015 Jax Jazz Fest
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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Daniel Prayed
Daniel Prayed
DATE: 2015/01/24::
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Sarah Palin on Larry King
Sarah Palin on Larry King
DATE: 2010/06/14::
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Rainier Beach press conference
Rainier Beach press conference
DATE: 2014/02/26::
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Mica Bethea Big Band performs "Tenderly" Live @ UNF
Mica Bethea Big Band performs "Tenderly" Live @ UNF
DATE: 2015/04/02::
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Praise Break At Mt.Olive 3-24-13
Praise Break At Mt.Olive 3-24-13
DATE: 2013/12/05::
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Facing The Giants - Official Trailer
Facing The Giants - Official Trailer
DATE: 2013/05/30::
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#MUT25 | BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PACKS | Show Support Save the Titty Meat.
#MUT25 | BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PACKS | Show Support Save the Titty Meat.
DATE: 2013/10/04::
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Erin Bethea "Moms
Erin Bethea "Moms' Night Out" Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals
DATE: 2014/04/30::
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J-Bethea on Alanta Live "My Praise is Personal"
J-Bethea on Alanta Live "My Praise is Personal"
DATE: 2015/02/10::
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GBORO Boys Team 10 vs Team 12
GBORO Boys Team 10 vs Team 12
DATE: 2014/03/15::
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Quentin Bethea live at the inpact lounge
Quentin Bethea live at the inpact lounge
DATE: 2015/01/25::
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Elephant Larry presents The WOW (Original Pilot)
Elephant Larry presents The WOW (Original Pilot)
DATE: 2010/02/22::
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USDA GREAT NUTRITION DEBATE
USDA GREAT NUTRITION DEBATE
DATE: 2012/12/13::
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Antoine  Bethea
Antoine Bethea
DATE: 2012/06/28::
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Sonny Liston vs Wayne Bethea (different camera view)
Sonny Liston vs Wayne Bethea (different camera view)
DATE: 2009/02/24::
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Iron Man 2 Official Trailer (2010)
Iron Man 2 Official Trailer (2010)
DATE: 2014/12/02::
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Gospel Announcers Guild Power Radio Panel - Convention 2012
Gospel Announcers Guild Power Radio Panel - Convention 2012
DATE: 2012/07/15::
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Sweet Little Voice - Lifetime Original Movie Trailer
Sweet Little Voice - Lifetime Original Movie Trailer
DATE: 2010/03/01::
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Colts safety Antoine Bethea on Peyton Manning
Colts safety Antoine Bethea on Peyton Manning
DATE: 2013/10/16::
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Hello, Dolly! at TBTS Music Video
Hello, Dolly! at TBTS Music Video
DATE: 2010/07/12::
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Eugene Bethea Highlights 2011
Eugene Bethea Highlights 2011
DATE: 2011/12/10::
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Bethea The Maskman - Stand Up (7" Vinyl HQ)
Bethea The Maskman - Stand Up (7" Vinyl HQ)
DATE: 2013/09/03::
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Coaches Corner with Corey Bethea 2-8
Coaches Corner with Corey Bethea 2-8
DATE: 2012/02/08::
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Joe Bethea and Elisha Blocker- Praise Break
Joe Bethea and Elisha Blocker- Praise Break
DATE: 2011/10/11::
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Moments #49 -- Sally Bethea
Moments #49 -- Sally Bethea
DATE: 2013/02/11::
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Team 11 VS Team 16 NJ Spring 13
Team 11 VS Team 16 NJ Spring 13'
DATE: 2013/03/27::
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Quentin Bethea playing on Nat King Cole
Quentin Bethea playing on Nat King Cole's Piano
DATE: 2007/02/13::
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Blue v Maroon 2013 Men
Blue v Maroon 2013 Men's iBall Pro Exposure Combine iballunited.net
DATE: 2013/06/12::
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06.08. 58   Sonny Liston vs. Wayne Bethea
06.08. 58 Sonny Liston vs. Wayne Bethea
DATE: 2010/12/26::
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Colts safety Antoine Bethea on 2013 balance
Colts safety Antoine Bethea on 2013 balance
DATE: 2013/10/03::
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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 24, 1987(1987-04-24) (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
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 34
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Larry Bethea (July 21, 1956 – April 24, 1987) was an American football defensive lineman who played six years 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 in 1973.[2]

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).

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Looking for an eventual successor to Harvey Martin the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the first round (28th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft.

Bethea played defensive end and defensive tackle, but his production started to dwindled as his personal problems and addictions grew bigger. Although he remained with the Cowboys for six years, he failed to become a starter and live up to his potential.

His most notable play was stopping Ram's running back Cullen Bryant at the Cowboys 11 yard line on 4th and one during the 3rd quarter of the 1978 NFC Championship game .

Michigan Panthers (USFL)[edit]

In 1984, he signed as a free agent with the Michigan Panthers of the now-defunct United States Football League, receiving a three-year guaranteed contract. His personal problems continued with the Panthers,[3] as he was suspended in different occasions. After the Panthers merged with the Oakland Invaders, with the Invaders the lone surviving team, he was traded to the Houston Gamblers in exchange for a draft choice.[4]

Houston Gamblers (USFL)[edit]

In 1985, he was released by the Houston Gamblers.

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.

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.

In the final incident, on April 24, 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.

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