Where are they now?

For former LSU All-American linebacker George Bevan, the battles he faces today are just as intense as those he faced on the field thirty years ago.

Today, Bevan works as an attorney for the Baton Rouge based Shaw Group. Recently, he has been working in Washington D.C. with politicians to ensure that the Louisiana receives the proper funding to rebuild following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

His years at LSU, particularly the time spent with former head coach Charles McClendon, have prepared Bevan for a career in intense situations.

Bevan considered playing for Tennessee and Alabama before deciding LSU was the place for him. He said he knows he made the right decision and is thankful that he chose LSU.

"It was the best four years of any young man's life," he said.

One of the drawing points for him was the fans and the atmosphere they bring to the game. Even with Tiger Stadium's capacity around 67,000 when Bevan played, the noise and energy was just as high as it is today.

"Fans always stay the same," he said. "Coaches may change, and players may change, but the fever for LSU football will always be there."

Bevan's most memorable game occurred his senior season against Auburn. With a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, Bevan was in charge of covering the half back, but he allowed Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan to throw a touchdown pass to the back. Bevan redeemed himself by blocking the extra point, securing a 21-20 LSU victory.

The headlines in the following day's newspaper still stand out in Bevan's mind.

"The papers the next day all ran ‘Bevan a Hero for Blocking Extra Point,'" he said. "That just shows you how funny life can be at times. I went from the goat to the hero in one play."

For his outstanding play on the field, Bevan was named an All-American in 1969 and inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.

Some of Bevan's fondest memories of playing for LSU include the coaches and the players with whom he shared the field. Charles McClendon coached Bevan for his entire stay at LSU, and Bevan still holds him in high regards.

"He was a really good football coach, but an even greater man," Bevan said.

His relationship with Coach Mac went far beyond the field. McClendon acted as a father figure and a friend to every player on the team.

"Once you became one of Mac's boys, you were always going to be one of Mac's boys," Bevan said.

He received phone calls from McClendon long after he graduated from the university. He recalled a meeting in 1994 in which Coach Mac showed up at his front gate unexpectedly with an eight foot stuffed bear for Bevan's son and daughter.

Bevan also keeps close contact with his former teammates. He developed a strong connection with Tommy Morrell and Buddy Lee that still continues today with the help of LSU sponsored reunions.

"We try to stay in touch," he said. "TAF has done a great job bringing players back to the university."

After graduating from LSU in 1970, Bevan was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, but decided to turn down professional football to practice law.

He stared working for the Shaw Group in 1993 until he retired in 2005.

His retirement was short lived, however, after Shaw called on him to oversee the federal government's funding for the state following the two hurricanes.

Even with a busy schedule, Bevan still continues to cheer for the Tigers. Every Saturday the Tigers play in Baton Rouge, Bevan, his wife, and two kids are sure to be in Tiger Stadium.

"It's built into your system. It's part of the community and our way of life," he said. "I think we've missed only one game ever, and I believe it was because my son had a football game that same day."

He planned on leaving Washington Friday afternoon to be in town to watch LSU host the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

Bevan watches the games with another distinguished LSU Alumni. Professional golfer David Toms sits behind him at Tiger Stadium.

Bevan is also a regular at other Tiger athletic events. His daughter is a gymnast and enjoys going to the gymnastics meets. His son is also a standout athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.

Even with the possibility of his children playing sports at another college, Bevan insists the family will remain loyal to the Tigers.

"I'm pretty sure they'll go to LSU. We've pretty much beaten that into their heads," he said.

Bevan considers his time at LSU the golden years of his life, and enjoys thinking back to his college days and playing with his teammates.

"Football has been good to me," he said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."

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