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Former Alabama running back Santonio Beard shot and killed in Georgia

Santonio Beard

In 2002, Santonio Beard tore up Ole Miss rumbling for five touchdowns to beat Ole Miss 42-7. Beard was a standout running back for the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately, Beard was shot and killed in Georgia this past week.

According to The Tennessean, officers responded to a call and found Beard and another man suffering from gunshot wounds at 8:59 p.m. Friday. Beard, 41, died on the scene. No arrests have been made.

Beard rumbled for 199 yards against Auburn in the Iron Bowl and finished the 2001 season with 633 yards and four touchdowns. His senior year he finished with 881 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Beard was a great back and unfortunately, he was taken from us early. Rest in Peace Santonio. This was his final interview.

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