Mourning the Loss of “B” Association Members

Steve Beaird- Football 1973-74

Funeral services for Steve Beaird were held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Teague. David McAdams and Rev. Jeffrey Craft officiated. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.  Steve was born on July 22, 1952 in Freeport, Texas. He went to his heavenly home on July 23, 2022 at the age of 70.

Steve was a tough athlete and a fierce competitor. Whether it was on the football field, golf course, or just playing games around the dinner table, you could bet he would play at the highest level, giving 100% and having the time of his life.

Steve began his football career at Angleton High School where he graduated with the Class of 1971. He continued his football career at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. During the 1971 and 1972 seasons Steve received all-conference honors. During the 1972 season he led the Buccaneers to the Southwest Junior College Conference title and a trip to the Wool Bowl. While at Blinn he was an all-American and a two-time all-conference running back. Steve’s accomplishments at Blinn led to Division 1 offers. Steve landed at Baylor University in 1973 . Steve’s senior year at Baylor was his most successful of his football career. In 1974 Steve rushed for 1,104 yards on 276 carries and scored 16 touchdowns. Steve was the first Baylor Bear to rush over 1000 yards in a single season. His accomplishments while playing for the green and gold helped earn Baylor their first Southwest Conference Title in 50 years. This resulted in Baylor’s first ever invitation to the Cotton Bowl.

In 1974, he was recognized as the Texas Sportswriter Amateur Athlete of the Year and awarded by the Houston Post as ‘Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Southwest Conference’. In 1975, Steve was the 7th round draft pick for the St. Louis Cardinals and the 1st round draft pick for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Steve chose the Blue Bombers. He spent two seasons playing in the CFL. He was a Rookie of the Year nominee. He was a CFL All-Star and played in the All-Pro Countdown. Steve has continued to receive football honors throughout his life. In 1995 he was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was inducted into the Blinn College Alumni and Friends Association Hall of Honor and recognized as Person of the Year. In 2019 he was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Bill Sweet- Football 1948

William D. “Bill” Sweet passed away on August 18, 2022.  A Celebration of Life is planned for October 22, 2022. The service will be at The Church at Horseshoe Bay at 11:00 am with a reception to follow.  An official obituary has not been posted at this time. 

We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and teammates of the letterwinners we have recently lost.   “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

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