Dick Harmon: John Beck gets a new start in the NFL with the Houston Texans

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    May 30, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    y dad

    I know Alex Smith beat the Y atleast twice, what does beating the U have anything to do with Beck playing in Texas. The Jordan Wynn thing is pretty funny, can't stop laughing. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha-WOW

  • mream Parker, CO
    May 29, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    I like Beck and all, but at some point, he's going to have to step up and perform. It's pretty amazing that he's gotten this many chances, so good for him. But he's gotta make something happen.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2012 6:51 p.m.


    The two terms are not mutually incompatable. I think each year you get a chance to try to be better than you ever have been, that's a new start.

    And journyman backup isn't a derisive term. Worked for Ty. It'll be fun to see how it all works out for Kellen Moore.

  • utahsportfanatic PRICE, UT
    May 28, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    I know BYU fans will probably kill me for this question, but I am just curious. At what point do you stop getting a "new start" and become a journeyman backup?

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 27, 2012 11:04 p.m.

    He committed the unpardonable sin of beating Utah. At Utah.

    Here's hoping Riley Nelson can do the same. And then come back as a surgeon, maybe orthopedic. Who knows, he could end up working on Jordan Wynn.

  • utahcougar provo, utah
    May 27, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    John Beck is a class act; on and off the field. His career has been a case of wrong place, wrong time. Through it all he has been nothing but positive and optimistic. Great role model for young folks. When his career in the NFL is over, he will have a positive impact on many, many people because of his character and class. All the boo birds on this site would give their right arm for his NFL career. John has been frugal with his NFL money and will be in a great position financially to make the transition into the business world. Good luck John and keep representing the Cougars well!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 27, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    If it was raining soup, John Beck would be the only one out there with a fork.

    Alex Smith had similar problems - except it was all with the same team. He hit the jackpot finally and I expect John will as well. You can only have so much bad luck before the law of averages comes screaming back.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 27, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Good job and good luck.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    May 27, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    @ guitarboy 12:06 a.m. May 27, 2012

    Or even Max Hall or Brandon Doman.

    @ patriot 3:44 a.m. May 27, 2012

    "like Alex Smith - Beck just needs to find the right coach and system."

    I agree. As a Dolphins fan, I was pleased that they selected Beck & not Brady Quinn. Beck playing his rookie season was not helpful. Then, playing for Parcells/Henning/Sparano put his career in a downward spiral.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 27, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    And Alex Smith has proved that he is worth 48 million dollars. I don't think so.

  • your_sangoma Reality, UT
    May 27, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Good point, Old Timer. My guess is that the Deseret News probably set something up with the Texans to sign Beck just so they could write an article about him.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 27, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Enough, enough D-News, the man just isn't good enough to cut it and will never be!

  • Fibonacci Centerville, UT
    May 27, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    I have a lot of admiration for John Beck. He was terrific to watch at BYU and has been an excellent example of persistence, attitude, and class in his NFL career. Regardless of whether or not he becomes a regular starter or wins a super bowl he's a winner in my book. There are a lot of college quarterbacks that would love to have had the career he has had. There are a lot of us fans out there that will be John Beck fans for life regardless of John's critics, because of the type of man he is both on and off the field.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    May 27, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Maybe he's not a starter or a superstar but he's worked hard enough and has the inherent talent to stay in the NFL. People can bad mouth him, but he's there, doing what so many people only dream of. If he finishes the year he's eligible for an NFL retirement. Not a bad situation at all. Good for him and continued success.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 27, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    like Alex Smith - Beck just needs to find the right coach and system.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    Ka ching!

  • guitarboy South Jordan, UT
    May 27, 2012 12:06 a.m.

    Being in the NFL and on a team roster other than the practice squad, is a tremendous accomplishment.

    Just ask Brian Johnson.

    John Beck is the personification of grit and determination.

    Go Beck! Go Houston Texans!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    May 26, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    The headline that keeps repeating itself. At least he is still in the league.