Originally created 04/02/02

Beathard will serve as adviser to Falcons' new owner



ATLANTA -- The new owner of the Atlanta Falcons is getting a high-powered adviser - veteran NFL executive Bobby Beathard.

The Falcons announced Monday that Beathard will serve as a senior advisor to Arthur M. Blank throughout the 2002 season.

"We are privileged to have Bobby working with us for the season," Blank said. "Bobby's deep football knowledge and experience, his personality and his courage of conviction will provide an added dimension and perspective for the club, Coach (Dan) Reeves and me. I look forward to working with him."

In his role as senior advisor, Beathard will advise and counsel on organizational structure, philosophy, systems and execution of football operations in the areas of college and pro player evaluation, athletic training and equipment, medical programs, information systems and salary cap management. He also will work with football operations and coaching personnel on player assessment.

Blank said bringing Beathard on board does not change the team's plan to continue its search for a general manager later in the year.

"We still plan to reassess our general manager search activities after the draft is complete, and Bobby will be involved in this process," Blank said.

Beathard spend 38 years in pro football and was with teams that made seven trips to the Super Bowl - Kansas City in 1966, Miami in 1972 and 1973, Washington in 1982, 1983 and 1987 and San Diego in 1994.

He served as general manager with Washington and San Diego and director of player personnel for the Dolphins.