Elvin Lamont Bethea (born March 1, 1946, Trenton, New Jersey) is a former American footballdefensive end who played his entire career with the Houston Oilers. He was a three-time All-American when he played for North Carolina A&T State University and was the first person from that school to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his career in Houston, Bethea played in 210 games, including a strech of 135 conescutive. He started at defensive end in the 1968 season opener and didn’t miss a game until breaking his arm in a game against the Oakland Raiders in 1977. He led the team in sacks six times, finishing his career with 105 unofficial sacks. He reached the AFC Championship game in 1978 and 1979. March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Trenton highlighted in Mercer County. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football Categories: American football stubs ... The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) is a four-year university located in Greensboro, North Carolina. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is actually the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The Oakland Raiders are a National Football League team based in Oakland, California. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... In American football and Canadian football, a quarterback sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass. ... AFC Championship Game is a football game played every year to determine the champion of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Events January January 1 - The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ...
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Bethea repeatedly said over the years he never expected to make the pro football Hall of Fame and yet he'll be inducted into the shrine at Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4 along with running back Marcus Allen, guard Joe DeLamielleure, wide receiver James Lofton and coach Hank Stram.
Bethea was an overachieving third round pick of the Oilers in 1968 and was an immediate starter.
Upon his retirement in 1983, Bethea held the Oilers record for 105 career sacks and his 691 career tackles were among the greatest in franchise history.
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