Former San Francisco 49ers Team Captain Dead At 83

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By Mitchell Forde San Francisco 49ers fans received sad news on Friday. Longtime former linebacker Ed Beard passed away this week, the team announced. He was 83. After being drafted in the 14th round in 1964, Beard played 97 games across eight seasons with the 49ers. He played linebacker, but made just as big an impact on special teams. His contributions led him to be named the first special teams captain in NFL history. Beard was a member of the 1970 San Francisco team that won the first playoff game in franchise history. In 1971, he received the Len Eshmont award, described by the 49ers’ sit…

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