American football defensive end Vic Beasley joined NFL’s Atlanta Falcons following the 2015 NFL draft. Before turning pro, the talented player had a brilliant college career with the Clemson Tigers and thus expectations were high when he made his NFL debut in 2015.
After a rather uneventful rookie season, Beasley turned things around for himself in his second season with the Falcons, earning his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections in 2016.
Vic Beasley Bio
Vic Beasley was born Victor Ramon Beasley Jr. on July 8, 1992. He schooled at Adairsville High School in Adairsville, Georgia, where he lettered in football, basketball and track & field. In football, Vic Beasley received All-county and All-area honors in both his junior and senior years. Also in his senior season, Beasley was named first-team All-state and equally featured in the Georgia North-South All-Star game. By the end of his high school career, the talented youngster was the toast of many college recruiters as he was ranked a 4-star recruit.
After redshirting his freshman season, Vic Beasley joined the active roster of the Clemson Tigers football team in 2011 playing at defensive end/outside linebacker. In 48 total appearances during his 4-year stint with the team, Beasley totaled 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in 1,421 snaps.
With minimal playing time as a redshirt freshman, Vic Beasley featured in a total of 9 games in which he had two tackles in 16 snaps. In his sophomore season, he played 13 games in which he led the team with eight sacks and also recorded 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss, eight quarterback pressures, two pass breakups and one caused fumble in 288 snaps.
Beasley led the Tigers in tackles for loss, sacks and caused fumbles in his junior season. In 13 appearances, he recorded 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, six pass breakups, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery in 560 snaps. For his outstanding performance, he was named Consensus All-American and was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.
In his senior year, Vic Beasley was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, the Lombardi Award, and the Hendricks Award. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to First-Team All-ACC and first-team All-American designations. Beasley completed his college education in August 2014 graduating with a degree in Sociology.
Vic Beasley went eighth overall to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft and signed his rookie contract on June 12, 2015. Unfortunately, his rookie season was marred due to an injury in his right shoulder. He started in all 16 appearances but only recorded 4 sacks.
In 2016, the defensive end was able to overcome the disappointment of his debut season as he switched from defensive end to strongside linebacker. The talented player recorded 39 total tackles, a league-leading 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles over 16 games. His outstanding performance earned him First-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections.
In addition to his natural defensive end position, Vic Beasley also played at the outside linebacker position in the 2017 season. He made 14 total appearances with 8 starts and he finished the season with 29 tackles, five sacks, and one fumble recovery.
His Parents and Family
Vic Beasley was born in Adairsville, Georgia to Teresa and Victor Beasley Sr. His father was a former athlete who played college football at Auburn University from 1982 to 1984. He was raised alongside an older brother Tyrone Beasley.
Sadly, Vic Beasley has suffered quite a number of tragedies in recent times. His brother Tyrone died in an auto crash on February 1, 2014, and 2 years later, he lost his father Vic Beasley in April 2016 following a long battle with liver cirrhosis. Following the death of his brother, Vic Beasley now serves as a father figure to his young nephew Tyrese Beasley.
Despite these heartwrenching occurrences, the NFL star has always maintained a positive attitude. In addition to immense support from his mother Teresa, Vic Beasley equally enjoys a lot of love from his home city of Adairsville. In addition to a “Vic Beasley Day” which is celebrated annually, Beasley’s No 3 jersey has been retired in his alma mater Adairsville High School. In March 2018, the NFL star received yet another honor from his home city as the inscription “Home of Vic Beasley Jr.” was added to all the major city signs.
Beasley’s Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Vic Beasley is 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) in height and maintains a body weight of 112 kg (246 lb). His arm length is 32 1⁄2 inches (0.83 m) and his hand size, 9 3⁄8 inches (0.24 m).
Beasley’s athleticism coupled with the multi-faceted nature of his talents makes him a force to be reckoned with in the defense of the Atlanta Falcons.