Former Chargers defensive back Joe Beauchamp passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. He played for the Chargers from 1966-1975, which included playing for the team both in the AFL and NFL, when the merger became official with one league and two conferences in 1970.
Beauchamp was selected out of Iowa St. by the Bolts in the red shirt sixth round of the AFL Draft in 1966. Over his ten seasons with the team, he played 117 games with 81 starts and amassed 23 interceptions. Three of those picks went for touchdowns. He also recorded six fumble recoveries.
His legacy with the Chargers lives on in the team's record books.
Chargers Career Top 10
- Interceptions: sixth-all time (23 picks)
- Interception return yards: fourth all-time (433 yards)
- Interception return touchdowns: fourth all-time (three touchdowns)
Chargers Single Season Top 10
- Interception return touchdowns: second all-time (two touchdowns; 1968)
His three picks vs. Denver (Sept. 24, 1972) are tied for the most single-game interceptions by a Charger in team history. He also tied for the fourth-most pick-sixes in a Chargers career with three.