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By PFW staff

Former Rams and Buccaneers executive Dick Beam has passed away. He was 75.

Beam died of cancer Thursday in Corona, Calif., according to the University of Southern California, where he served as an assistant on two of the school’s national championship football teams.

Beam was an assistant under College Football Hall of Fame coach John McKay at USC from 1972-75. During that period, the Trojans won national titles in 1972 and ’74 and played in three Rose Bowls.

He went with McKay to the NFL, working as an assistant and director of administration with the fledgling Tampa Bay franchise from 1976-80. During his tenure, the Buccaneers went from a team that lost its first 26 games to a participant in the 1979 NFC championship game, which it lost to the Rams.

Following his stint with the Bucs, Beam served as director of operations for the Rams from 1981-90, during which time the team twice advanced to the NFC title game. He then became the general manager of the Orlando Thunder in the World League of American Football from 1991-92.

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