C.J. Beathard is an American football player who got into the National Football League (NFL) after he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2017 NFL Draft. The footballer attended Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, where he played football before moving on to the University of Iowa for his college career. C.J, who plays as a quarterback was born as Casey Jarrett Beathard on November 16, 1993, in Franklin, Tennessee. He is the son of Casey Beathard, a popular songwriter and the grandson of Bobby Beathard, former general manager in the NFL.
C.J. Beathard’s NFL Career
In 2017, the quarterback was invited to play in the year’s Senior Bowl but failed to put up a strong performance after one week of practice. He later played for the North team, making only 4 passing yards and a 12-yard rush. C.J attended the NFL combine and performed all the drills except the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, and three-cone drill which he skipped as a result of a hamstring injury. He also took part in Iowa’s pro day and at the end of the pre-draft process, NFL draft experts and scouts considered him to be a sixth or seventh round pick.
Contrary to the projections, C.J. Beathard was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He was taken with the 104th overall pick and was the sixth quarterback to be drafted that year. He began his professional career with a four-year contract worth $3.52 million, including a signing bonus of $706,288.
All through training camp, he competed for the job as the backup quarterback with two of his teammates but he eventually won and started the regular season as the backup to Brian Hoyer. Beathard made his NFL debut on October 15, 2017, joining the game in the second quarter. He recorded his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter and was named the 49ers starter afterward.
C.J. Beathard kept up his strong performances through the following weeks but he did not make it to the end of the season because he suffered a leg and hip injury in the 4th quarter of Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Even though the injury was not serious, he was sidelined as his teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo, took his starting quarterback job a few days later. From the seven games he played in his rookie season, C.J. recorded 123-of-224 passes for 1,430 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He also made 136 rushing yards on 26 attempts for 3 touchdowns.
The following season, Beathard was supposed to be the backup to Garoppolo but the latter sustained an ACL injury during their Week 3 game which ended in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Consequently, C.J. Beathard became the starter.
He keeps getting better with each game and continues to make his family proud.
C.J. Beathard is the son of Casey and Susan Beathard. It is not surprising that the player decided to build a career in football as he comes from a family deeply rooted in the traditions of the sport. His grandfather, Bobby Beathard, worked in the NFL for 38 years, starting off in 1963 as a scout. After about eight years of working as a scout, he joined the Washington Redskins (1978-88) and later, the San Diego Chargers (1989-2000) as general manager. He was so good at his job that Sports Illustrated once described him as the smartest man in the NFL.
Although C.J.’s grandpa retired in 2000, two of his uncles (Bobby’s sons), Jeff and Kurt, are still working in the professional league. While Jeff is a scout for the Carolina Panthers, Kurt, is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Illinois State. C.J.’s cousin Bobo was a receiver at Appalachian State and in 2016, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals after not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he was eventually waived. Clay Beathard, C.J.’s younger brother is another quarterback currently playing for the Iowa Western Community College.
C.J.’s father Casey was also a quarterback but he did not have the size for the position. Still, he played as a receiver at Elon University and was ready to start studying to become a lawyer before he trashed the idea in favor of a career in country music. It turned out to be a good decision as he became an award-winning songwriter.
Tucker, C.J.’s brother also choose to tow his father’s path and is now a professional musician too. C.J. got involved in music too, although he was a lead singer/songwriter in a band with his brother, his passion was football.
As a freshman in high school, he was ticked off that he could not get into the university to play football because of his 5′ 7” height and 113 pounds weight. Knowing that this would be a problem as long as he played football, his father encouraged him to stay with music. Surprisingly, Bobby Beathard grew to 5′ 10” in his sophomore year and later 6′ 2” after his junior year. Now, the rest is history!
C.J. Beathard’s Girlfriend, Wife (Married), Kids
C.J. Beathard is a father but he is not married to the mother of his child. He began dating his girlfriend, Madelyn Chupka, in 2012 but they are yet to tie the knot. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lyla Val Beathard, shortly before Christmas in 2016. The duo looks so good together and we cannot wait to hear their wedding announcement!