Don Beebe sits down with me to chat about playing in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl and his transition from player to head coach. Don also talks with me about fatherhood and the advice he gave his son as he entered the NFL. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About Don Beebe
Don Beebe became the Head Football Coach at Aurora University in November of 2018. A wide receiver in the NFL for nine years – including six Super Bowl appearances and one championship – Beebe is widely known for his “never-say-die” grit displayed in Super Bowl XXVII when he denied Leon Lett an easy touchdown.
After retiring from the NFL, Beebe founded House of Speed, in Aurora, which specializes in training athletes to perform better by enhancing speed and character. He also coached Aurora Christian High School to two state championships.
Beebe grew up just down the road from Aurora University in Sugar Grove, Ill., graduating from Kaneland High School. He attended AU and played Spartan basketball for one season. While playing football at Chadron State College in western Nebraska, his speed caught the eye of NFL scouts. He was invited to NFL combine trials in Indianapolis in 1989 where he (and Deion Sanders) ran the 40-yard dash in a record-setting 4.25 seconds. Beebe was the Buffalo Bills’ first pick in the draft.
Beebe is a sought-after motivational speaker and in 2012 published a memoir, Six Rings from Nowhere chronicling his journey from construction worker to NFL record holder. He lives in Aurora with his wife, Diana. His son, Chad, is a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings. Two of his three daughters play volleyball (one in high school, one in college) and his third daughter recently gave birth to Beebe’s first grandchild. He is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast
The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.