NILES - Don Beebe became revered in the mire of Super Bowl XXVII.
The Buffalo Bills were losing 52-17 and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett recoverd a fumble - heading toward the end zone. With about 10 yards remaining, Lett started to strut toward paydirt with one arm - holding the ball extended.
Beebe, who never lost pursuit of the play, caught up to Lett and poked the ball into the end zone and out prior to Lett crossing the goal line.
It's a moment in time that captured the spirit of Beebe, who was at Saturday's Don Beebe's House of Speed Elite Football Combine at the Niles Wellness Center.
There were more than 100 players attending the event.
Beebe wanted to instill not only football skills with a host of area coaches helping, but life-long intangibles as well.
"Work ethic, character, morals, values and those things that are important in life because football is only going to last a certain amount of time," Beebe said. "It's going to be over and then what? Most of them it's going to be high school and it'll be done. Then they have to go be fathers, husbands and they got to get a job. If they don't have the groundwork of character and those values in life, they're going to struggle. I want them to grasp it and understand hard work always pays off, no matter what they do in life. That's what I want them to leave with that kind of feeling - that they're on top of the world and accomplish things nobody thought they could and they have to work hard in life."
As for East High School senior Jamir Humphrey, he learned dogged determination.
"You have to fight in order to get what you want," he said. "Right when you think you're on top, there's somebody coming for your spot. You have to outwork the competition and work harder than you did yesterday."
As for Beebe, he is currently coaching Aurora (Ill.) Christian High School. He mentored the Eagles to the Class 3A state title in 2011, a ring he proudly wears on his finger.
His son, Chad, is a 5-foot-8, 151-pound receiver. Like his father, he wasn't blessed with the body of a tall receiver like a Randy Moss.
But, the younger Beebe has something more important - a mentor like his father.
Don admits Chad doesn't watch his former NFL tapes, or that infamous Super Bowl play that has been lauded by parents, coaches and players alike.
Don displays his actions every day.
"I really don't talk about my career much with Chad," Don said. "He already knows that, the way I live my life. Dad is kind of a hero and best friend-type thing. I don't want my son to look at me and say, 'I want to be him.' I want Chad to be Chad. It's his own life. It's his own world. He's not me."
Chad is already getting NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision scholarship offers from Illinois State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota, Ball State and Colgate. Don said Chad is close to being offered by Purdue.
"He can be better than me and do greater things than me," Don said. "Whatever God has for him, that's what I want for Chad. We've never put a big emphasis on my career. We don't sit there and watch my games. We watch his games. I could teach him to be the best football player and best person he could be."