It’s been quite the year for Cole Beasley.
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The veteran wide receiver began his offseason revealing his long-held love for creating music, dropping his “80 Stings” single and subsequently his album — “The Autobiography” — to a mix of praise and criticism. The latter chided Beasley for what they thought was a lack of focus on football, telling him to step out of the studio and key in on the football field after a statistically rough 2017 season. They were met with a hearty laugh as Beasley explained he’d been secretly making music all along, including when he put up career numbers in 2016, helping to lead the Cowboys to the Divisional Round where they ultimately suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers — thanks to Aaron Rodgers doing “Aaron Rodgers” things.
One day after the 34-31 loss, Beasley’s life changed, with his wife giving birth to a new child on Jan. 16, 2017. If you just looked at the calendar, I can understand why, because your deja vu moment is quite real. That was two years ago to the date of his latest announcement, which also came shortly after a loss in the Divisional Round — this time to the Los Angeles Rams.
On Jan. 16, 2019, Beasley and his family grew yet again, welcoming the birth of Jovie Carter Beasley.
It’s a poignant reminder that despite how things go in sports, it’s still easily trumped by the beauty of real life.
Speaking of sports, however, change is likely on the horizon for Beasley — who just played out the final year of his contract with the Cowboys. Following a lights-out training camp, he delivered a bounce back season for the team, at least to the degree in which they allowed him to. His 672 receiving yards and three touchdowns were the second-highest tallies in his career, behind only the aforementioned 2016 season, but it routinely felt like the offensive scheme left him in the dark despite having continually proven he’s still a weapon that can alter the outcome of a game.
He also produced and remained available the entire 18 games, despite battling a sprained foot and ankle, continuing his mostly ironman streak — having missed just one game in the last five seasons. Now heading into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Beasley will have his say of whether he stays in Dallas or leaves for what he deems to be greener pastures, and all signs point to the latter. Figuring that is far from being the first line item on his agenda though, because that’s occupied by a father’s love for his newborn.
This is his third child with wife, Krystin, with Jovie now having two older brothers — Ace and Everett Beasley.
SOURCE: 247 Sports, by Patrik Walker