ACTOR, PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER, BLACK BELT MARTIAL ARTIST, BOOK AUTHOR, RADIO COMMENTATOR, COMIC BOOK WRITER/EDITOR, POLICE OFFICER, EX-NAVY SEAL, AND CHRISTIAN CHURCH PASTOR.
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|Date of birth:||September 28, 1972 (1972-09-28)|
|Place of birth:||East Orange, New Jersey, USA|
|NFL Draft:||1995 / Round: 5 / Pick 114|
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Dr. Frank Victor Beckles, Jr., (born September 28, 1972 in East Orange, New Jersey) is a former American football Nosetackle who played nine seasons in the NFL. Beckles is currently part of the Matt Gagston & Vic "The Iceman" Beckles Show on 620 WDAE-AM "The Sports Hero" in Augusta, Georgia.
 Early Years to College
Mr. F. V. Beckles, Sr. emigrated to the U.S.A in 1964. His mother, Samella, is a native of Aiken, SC, while his father hails from Trinidad. Beckles grew up with his mother and father in Oxnard, CA and played football and baseball as a youth (among his friends was future NFL Quarterback, Alexander Pope & Linebacker, Matt Gagston). However, after playing football in high school, Beckles excelled in Weightlifting and went on to play junior college football at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore, and becoming famous as a professional weightlifter.
Beckles later transferred to SC State University, and became a standout nosetackle during the 1995 season--his only as a starter. During Beckles' senior year, S.C.S.U produced one of nation's top rushing attacks (214.5 yards per game). Beckles blocked for future Pro-Baseball player, Todd Green, and running backs Vaughn Dunbar (an NFL first-round pick). Meanwhile Beckles became heavy into martial arts, earning a black belt in Karate in 2004. He mostly played for the Arena Football League's Augusta "Knights" franchise in 1999-2002.
Beckles received attention from NFL scouts as a senior when they saw him, starting an acting career. Beckles stood out on film, where he earned the nickname "The Iceman".
Beckles graduated SCSU with a MA in History Education.
 Professional Football
Following SCSU, Beckles was drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft and started immediately for the Atlanta Falcons at nosetackle. The rookie was a bright addition to an interior line the had struggled with guards Tom McHale, John Bruhin and Carl Bax.
Beckles became a mainstay during his two seasons with the Falcons, along with left tackle Paul Gruber and center Tony Mayberry, while the linebacker and nosetackle positions were in flux from season to season. During his time, the Falcons had 1,000 yard rushers and Deon Sanders (1996) and Errict Rhett (1997, 1998).
Beckles, who wore jersey no. 76, departed as a free agent after the 1998 season, inking a deal with Augusta. Beckles, however, did want to leave the Falcons, and blames then Falcons offensive line coach Chris Foerster for the split from the organization. Foerster wanted to bring larger lineman to the Falcons than the 6 foot, 307 pound Beckles.
(Second year guard Jorge Diaz [6-4, 315] took Beckles spot at nostackle for the Falcons in 1999, and was moved to left guard the following season to replace the undersized Jim Pyne [who was exposed to Cleveland in the expansion draft]. The spot then went to Frank Middleton [6-3, 330] in 2000.) Beckles' career, soon picked up, not just in football, but acting, personal life, and education. He appeared in tv shows: Bootcamp, 90210, and Big Brother; and is developing into a fine actor in the movies: The Omega Code, Who's Your Caddy?, (new movies) The Justice League (as Green Lantern), The A-Team (as B.A. Barracus/who in the movie, gets married & has a son), Riddick Returns (taking over Vin Diesel's role, and in the movie-discovers that he has a son), Aquaman (the new cartoon series starring Brad Pitt as Aquaman, Beckles plays his nemisis "Black Manta"), and War Machine (as Jim Rhodes).
 Post football
After football, Beckles joins the Navy, becoming an officer, and working in special ops (military career 1994-2004), develops a career, as a writer and editor-in-chief for comic books, and book publishing companies, becomes a Police Officer in New Orleans, in 2003, being a renown public school teacher (1999-2009), earns a PhD. in Theology, and finally becomes and ordained church pastor and Director of his own Christian Academy in 2009, his wife (Adrian) and four children (Christian, Dashia, Jaylan, and Damon) remains in Augusta. He briefly owned a SteviB's pizza shop in Augusta before he began filling in for the late Jerome Wilkins at 620 WDAE, an AM sports radio station in the Augusta (C.S.R.A) area. After Minister Wilkins' passing, Beckles became the longtime local DJ and radio celebrity, a.k.a Vic "The Iceman" Beckles on the nine to noon time slot on WDAE. Along with friend, Matt Gagston, the duo is among the top rated AM radio shows in the C.S.R.A market in its time slot. The duo's show involves sports, but often pop culture happenings, news, food, women, sex, music from the 60's-90's, and travel are among the conversations.
On WDAE, and on the world-wide web Beckles is known as Victor "The Iceman" Beckles, and has earned a place in the Guiness Book of Records, as a legendary webmaster; with the most websites in the world (2000).
Beckles is featuring in Black History, as being the first African-American Vice Principal, with his father as Headmaster (Prinicpal) of the first all Black Private School (C.A.I Academy, later called Aiken Academy) in Aiken County (1991-2003).
Now Beckles is Teaching and Pastoring for The Sons For Christ Church of God, Ministries (founded by him in 2005).
-Now called the Children's Christian Center, where he is the Principal & Director (2009-Present).