On Wednesday, Auburn University announced the passing of one of its all-time greats, Terry Beasley.

A standout wide receiver, Beasley starred at Auburn from 1969 through 1971 and was a unanimous All-American in his final season. He was the top target for Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan in 1971. In that season, he amassed 55 receptions for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns as Auburn finished 9-2.

He remains Auburn's all-time leader in receiving yards (2,507) and touchdown receptions (29).

After his career on the Plains, Beasley was selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. His career was cut short in 1975 due to injuries.

Auburn later retired Beasley's No. 88 jersey. He's one of three Tigers to have their jerseys retired, along with Pat Sullivan's No. 7 and Bo Jackson's No. 34. Beasley was also inducted into both the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

"He was way ahead of his time," Sullivan is quoted as saying about Beasley. "He was as fast as anyone playing the game. But the thing that really set him apart was that he was awfully, awfully, strong."

Former Auburn offensive lineman Cole Cubelic, now an analyst with ESPN, offered up his thoughts and prayers to the man he called a "true Auburn man" and a "true Auburn legend."

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