Beathard was drafted with the 2nd overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1964 AFL Draft. He was also the fifth overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
He played for the Chiefs, Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Los Angeles Rams in his career. He spent parts of five seasons with the Chiefs.
During the 1966 season, he was a member of the Chiefs team that won the AFL Championship.
In his career, he appeared in 110 games, including 35 starts. He went 18-16-1 as a starter.
His best season as a starter came in 1967 when he went 7-2 with the Oilers.
He went 575 of 1,282 for 8,176 yards. He also had 84 touchdown passes and 86 interceptions.
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