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Former College Football Player, Pro Wrestler ‘The Destroyer’ Dick Beyer Passed Away This Week

first_imgLegendary wrestler The Destroyer, in his final match in Japan.Dick Beyer, best known as longtime professional wrestler “The Destroyer,” passed away this week. He was 88 years old.Beyer wrestled in four different decades, starting his career in the 1950s, and not officially retiring until a final match in 1993. Amazingly, that came at the age of 63.While he came up in the United States, Beyer’s career took off in Japan. According to the WWE, one of his most famous matches in 1963 was viewed by over 70 million television viewers.Beyer’s son Kurt announced his father’s passing via Facebook:It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Dad — aka The Destroyer, aka Doctor X, aka Dick Beyer, aka Coach –…Posted by Kurt Beyer on Thursday, March 7, 2019Before his wrestling career, Dick Beyer wrestled and played football at Syracuse University.Beyer served as a captain under legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder.The 1952 Syracuse team clinched its first bowl appearance, with a trip to the Orange Bowl against No. 9 Alabama.He went on to coach for Schwartzwalder after finishing his football career in 1953. He then went on to his famed wrestling career, which expanded into greater Japanese pop culture, including television programs and even a music album.Beyer is a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted in 2005. He received Syracuse University’s Zunic Award in 2014, during the Orange football team’s game against Florida State.He passed away in his sleep in his home town of Akron, New York on Thursday, where he had moved back to teach physical education.last_img read more