Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 82, the number once worn by Mountaineer tight end, Anthony Becht.
Becht came to WVU by way of Drexel, PA, spending four years (1996-1999) in the program as a prominent contributor on the offensive side of the ball. He played sparingly his freshman year, but became a regular member of Don Nehlen’s offensive unit, recording 1,178 career receiving yards, along with 83 receptions, and 11 touchdown catches during his tenure in Morgantown.
His best season came in the 1999 amid one of the more disappointing campaigns Mountaineer fans have had to endure in recent years. While the team finished with a lowly 4-7 record, and suffered heartbreaking losses to Miami and Virginia Tech late in the season to dash all hopes of a bowl berth, Becht never disappointed putting up career-high numbers (510 receiving yards on 35 receptions, and 5 touchdown catches) to finish his WVU career on a high note.
Becht received honorable mention, All-American honors following his senior year, while being named 2nd team All-Big East both his junior and senior seasons in recognition for his fine on field contributions. He would go on to have a lengthy NFL career, being drafted in the first round by the New York Jets in 2000.
During Becht’s 11 year, NFL career, he accumulated 1,537 career receiving yards, with 188 receptions, and 21 touchdown catches. He spent four solid years with the Jets before going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where his career began to taper off. He would also spend time in Kansas City, Arizona, and, most notably St. Louis where he got to reunite with college teammates Marc Bulger and Marc Magro. Although he never formally retired, Becht last played a game in the league in 2011.
Becht graduated WVU with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He currently works as an on-air college football analyst for ESPN, as well serving as a pre/post game co-host for Tampa Bay Buccaneer football games on the team’s official flagship radio station, WDAE 620 AM.