Beatty to play for U.S. men’s football team

B.J. Beatty was a force for Kahuku in 2005. Richard Walker / Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
B.J. Beatty was a force for Kahuku in 2005. Richard Walker / Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Former Kahuku and Colorado linebacker B.J. Beatty has been selected to play on the U.S. men’s national team assembled by USA Football.

The team, composed of 45 U.S. football players ages 20 and up, will compete in the 2015 International Federation of American Football World Championship, a seven-nation tournament to be held July 9-18 in Canton, Ohio.

The U.S. national team, which is led by former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, includes athletes from 24 states and will compete in a field against national teams from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. The IFAF World Championship has been held every four years since 1999. In 2011, the United States defeated Canada 50-7 for the gold medal in Vienna, Austria. The U.S. beat Japan 23-20 in double overtime in Kawasaki, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included a team from the United States.

At Colorado, Beatty earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. As a senior, he led the Buffaloes with 15 quarterback pressures to go with 36 tackles and five sacks. After his college career, he played for the Obic Seagulls in Japan, leading his team to an X League championship berth.

A 2006 Kahuku graduate, Beatty was a two-time All-State first-team selection at defensive end.


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