Obviously, he wanted to make his mark on the pitch. In the NFL, there’s always someone coming for your job. He also wanted to make his mark in the community — whether that community was Pittsburgh or Jacksonville or New York or Phoenix, or even his home in central Texas.
So Beachum found ways to help. He raised money for food banks, including the Central Texas Food Bank, in an effort to address the nation’s hunger crisis. He spent $30,000 of his own money to build two drinking water wells in Honduras, after traveling to the impoverished Central American country in 2016. He recently donated more than 30 Microsoft tablets to a South Phoenix School. One of Beachum’s deepest passions is ensuring young people have access to quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational programs.
Beachum sees these projects as doing the work of God.
“On the one hand, I think it starts with my upbringing. I was raised in the church, raised as a believer,” he said. “Always believing in Jesus Christ, and that was really the foundation or the fuel, as a Christian, where I decided I would be able to give. Even though we receive a lot, it is a blessing to be able to give.
Don’t confuse Beachum with a big teddy bear, though. He leaves his fiery side on the pitch. Beachum earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s most tenacious tacklers and started 130 of his 135 career regular season games.