Thanks for the Memories, Cole Beasley!
During his seven seasons with the Cowboys, wide receiver Cole Beasley became one of the most popular players on America’s Team. And while Cowboys Nation will miss seeing him with a star on the side of his helmet, the new free agent deal offered by the Buffalo Bills gives Beasley the chance to continue his career and secure his family’s long-term financial future.
And there is good news for Beasley fans: because the Cowboys play the AFC East in 2019, Beasley and the Bills will play the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium this fall (the date will be announced when the 2019 NFL schedule is released in April). Fans will get to see him play in-person at least one more time in Arlington.
Here are 5 Memories of Cole Beasley and his time with the Cowboys:
HOMETOWN KID GROWS UP TO PLAY FOR HIS FAVORITE TEAM
How many guys truly get to live their dreams, playing football for the team they grew up watching on Sundays?
Beasley is from Little Elm, Texas which is just a half-hour drive from the team’s practice fields. After starring at quarterback at Little Elm High School, Beasley stayed close-to-home for college at attended SMU in Dallas and refined his skills as a receiver. When the 2012 NFL Draft came-and-went, and no team took a chance on a 5’ 8” wide receiver, Beasley jumped at the chance to sign as an undrafted rookie free agent with his hometown team.
IT WAS ALMOST OVER BEFORE HE STARTED
During 2012 Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, California, Beasley was one of many unknown rookies trying to catch the coach’s eye. Surprisingly, early in camp, he headed home and left Oxnard for personal reasons. But Jason Garrett, who had seen something special in Beasley during the receiver’s limited amount of practice reps, convinced Beasley to return to Oxnard and give it another go. Good thing for Beasley! He was the only undrafted rookie free agent to make the active roster out of camp in 2012!
BECOMING THE GO-TO GUY IN THE SLOT
Whether it was Tony Romo or Dak Prescott, Cowboys quarterbacks knew to look for Beasley in the slot when it was time to move the chains.
In his 103 games played, Beasley caught 319 passes for 3,271 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. But of those 319 catches, 195 of them went for first downs. And when the Cowboys’ offense was transitioning from Romo to Prescott, Beasley became an even more important go-to guy. No player has caught more passes for more yards from Dak Prescott than Cole Beasley: 174 completions for 1,774 yards (plus 12 touchdowns).
SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
Has any Cowboys player been more active on social media than Beasley? Whether it was sharing photos of his adorable kids, going back-and-forth with fans (and even some trolls), or dropping his rap songs, Beasley has been fun a fun player to follow on-and-off the field.
After reaching agreement with the Bills to play in Buffalo, Beasley used his Twitter account (@Bease11) to send a message to Cowboys Nation:
“I’ll always love #cowboynation and I appreciate the time we have had together. Thanks to the Jones family for giving me a shot. Excited for this new journey. Can’t wait to get started in Buffalo. Let’s go!”
A COLD NIGHT IN CHICAGO … BEASLEY’S BEST GAME?
On a frigid Thursday Night Football game on December 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, it was Cole Beasley, not Dez Bryant, who was the touchdown-maker for Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ offense.
Beasley caught only three passes for 42 yards against the Bears’ defense, but two went for scores. His first touchdown reception came in the 2nd quarter to give the Cowboys a 7-point lead. In the 3rd quarter, his 24-yard catch-and-run put the Cowboys up by 14-points.
Beasley needed more heroics, however, as the Bears tried to mount a desperate comeback. But when Chicago tried an on-side kick following a touchdown, Beasley was there to cover it up and thwart the Bears’ rally.
“It’s always good when you come in and you get opportunities and you take full advantage of them, especially when you don’t get that many,” Beasley told reporters after the game.
That quote encapsulates Beasley’s career with the Cowboys. An undrafted rookie free agent who beat the odds to make the team. And once he was on a team full of high-profile players like Dez and Witten and Romo and Zeke and Dak and Amari, it was Beasley who continually made the most of his opportunities.