Born: April 3, 1944
Randy Beverly was born April 3, 1944 in Wildwood. He was a good all-around athlete with explosive speed and a love of contact. Randy was the star of Wildwood High’s football and basketball teams. Playing running back for Dominic Mancia’s Warriors, he ran for over 3,000 yards and scored 52 touchdowns. Randy’s best sport may actually have been track. He was a great long jumper who won a state championship in the event in 1962.
The following fall he enrolled at Trinidad State College in Colorado, a school known for its football program. Frank Clarke of the Cowboys was its most notable graduate. Randy did well enough to earn a scholarship from Colorado State. He played defensive back and returned kicks for the Rams.
Randy graduated in 1967 but went undrafted . At 5’11” he didn’t project as a pro cornerback. However, in his final college game he scored 3 touchdowns and a scout form the New York Jets was in the stands. Randy was invited to training camp with the Jets. Coach Weeb Ewbank was not satisfied with his defensive backs. Randy was told that the only way he would make the team was if he beat out one of the starters. He did so and intercepted 4 passes that season.
Randy intercepted 4 passes again in 1968, returning one for a touchdown. Although undersized, he was