"There's nothing I love more than football," Beathard said Friday in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. "I feel like I've gone through life without a job and got paid for it."
Beathard's nomination is part of a recent push by the NFL to recognize more contributors. Before the bylaws changed three years ago, contributors were voted in the same class as modern-era players. Next year, two contributors will be nominated as finalists for induction and, starting with the 2020 class, one will be nominated each year moving forward.